Clementi, Muzio

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Muzio Clementi (24 January 1752 – 10 March 1832) was a celebrated composer, pianist, pedagogue, conductor, music publisher, editor, and piano manufacturer. Born in Italy, he spent most of his life in England. He is best known for his collection of piano studies, Gradus ad Parnassum. Nineteenth century enthusiasts lauded Clementi as “the father of the pianoforte,” “father of modern piano technique”, and “father of Romantic pianistic virtuosity.”