Clementi’s Sonatina in C Major

This Sonatina in C Major (Op. 36, No. 1) by Clementi is one of those standard pieces of music which almost everyone learning piano comes across at some point and as a child I remember hearing my dad play it and wanting to be able to play it just like him. It’s a long time since I’ve played this so it’s probably a bit slower than it should be, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

Clementi wrote 110 piano sonatas, though some of the earlier ones including Op. 36 were later classified as sonatinas and are seen as perfect pieces for intermediate piano students. However, many of his sonatas are more difficult to play than those of his contemporary Mozart, who wrote in a letter to his sister that he would prefer her not to play Clementi’s sonatas due to their “jumped runs, wide stretches and chords” which he thought would ruin the natural lightness of her hand!

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