Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 73: The Man Behind the Music – On Clementi, With Jeremy Eskenazi

“Father of the Piano”? Try “Father of the Fortissimo”!

Jeremy Eskenazi
Jeremy Eskenazi, founder of the Muzio Clementi Society. Photo courtesy of the Society.

Muzio Clementi is often called the “Father of the Piano” and is known for his sonatinas. But as it turns out, this smarty pants single-handedly changed classical music and made it what we know today. Jeremy Eskenazi, founder of the Muzio Clementi Society, tells all about the quiet mover and shaker in this episode – from a Tardis in Australia (seriously!).

Audio production for this episode by Todd “Tall Texan” Hulslander with smiles for miles by Dacia Clay.

Music in this episode:
(By Muzio Clementi)

  • Toccata op.11 in Bb major
  • Sonata op.34 no.1 3rd movement in C major
  • Sonata op.7 no.3 3rd mvt on clementi piano
  • Symphony no.3, 2nd movement

(Not by Muzio Clementi)


Dacia Clay

Dacia Clay

Host/Producer, Classical Classroom; Web Editor, Arts & Culture

Dacia began her career in public radio as the Audio Librarian for Houston Public Media (then KUHF) in 2009. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas' School of Library and Information Science, where she focused on special collections (thanks to the sage advice...

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