Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Clementi's Bach: The “Well-Tempered Clavier”, “Gradus ad Parnassum,” and the prelude
by D'Elia, Peter, M.A., Tufts University, 2009, 77; 1463926
Abstract (Summary)

Scholars have long recognized the influence of J.S. Bach's music on that of Muzio Clementi. Clementi often used Bach's music as a model when composing his own pieces. In particular, his last major work, the Gradus ad Parnassum, has continually been compared to Bach's famous Well-Tempered Clavier since its first publication in 1817-26.

In exploring the relationship between the music of Bach and Clementi, scholars have generally pointed to the fugue as the most profound connection. In focusing on the influence of fugue, however, scholars have ignored the less obvious, but far more influential effect of Bach's preludes on Clementi's Gradus ad Parnassum.

This thesis shows how Bach's music impacted Clementi's life as a composer, using as evidence a detailed comparison of the Gradus with the preludes of the Well-Tempered Clavier. Qualities at the heart of Bach's preludes such as improvisation, technical virtuosity, and didactic purpose made them excellent models for Clementi's exercises.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bernstein, Jane A.
Commitee: Auner, Joseph, Campana, Alessandra
School: Tufts University
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Germany, Italy, Johann Sebastian Bach, Muzio Clemente
Publication Number: 1463926
ISBN: 9781109119503
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