Clementi and popular music

The influence of popular music of the day (German arias, tyroliennes, dances from the Pyrenees, French songs, religious hymns) is seen in the piano works of Muzio Clementi, in particular his Introduction to the art of playing on the pianoforte, from which the theme and 21 variations on The black joke and the Fantasie avec variations sur l’air ‘Au clair de la lune’ are analyzed.

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