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Piano Sonata in F major, Op 26
composer
published in 1796

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'Clementi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4' (CDA67738)
Clementi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4
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Movement 1: Allegro
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Movement 2: Rondeau: Allegretto
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Piano Sonata in F major, Op 26
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The single sonata of Opus 26, published in 1796, seems designed to appeal to amateur pianists, if rather advanced ones. The first movement begins with a theme marked dolce, but whose emphatic double-dotted rhythms suggest something more like maestoso, creating thus a precarious balance with genuinely lyrical music to follow. Clementi still seems absorbed with dotted rhythms in the rondo that follows; but this time there is nothing offered by way of contrast: they persist even in the movement’s minore episode.

from notes by Leon Plantinga © 2009

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