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Beethoven i el focus musical de Londres

Beethoven and the musical focus of London

Numerous musicians of all nationalities passed through the cosmopolitan city of London, around 1800. Some lived their best years there. Thanks to the enthusiasm and interest of some of them, the music of Ludwig van Beethoven was promoted in the city to the point that the London Philharmonic Society was the institution that commissioned the Ninth Symphony. Although he was invited, Beethoven never went to London even though he expressed a desire to do so: "I would like to visit England and all the wonderful artists there.


Author: Marina Rodríguez Brià
Name of the journal: Revista musical catalana
Volume: Online edition
Edition year: April 2021
Catalan language  

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Muzio Clementi's contribution to the history of music.

La contribució de Muzio Clementi a la història de la música.

ABSTRACT:
Muzio Clementi (1752-1832) has been one of the most multifaceted and influential musicians in the history of the piano. His long life represents a bridge between the Baroque—from whose fountains he drank during his Roman youth—and the Romanticism portrayed by the individuality of its most representative instrument—the piano. Settled in England since the age of 14, his activity encompassed piano performance, conducting, music promotion, composition, didactics, music publishing, and piano manufacturing. He excelled extraordinarily in all his facets, being an active part of the European society of the moment and leaving a legacy that has endured to our days and that we want to summarize in this article.

Author: Marina Rodríguez Brià
Name of the magazine: Harpsichord & Fortepiano
Edition year: Spring 2021
Number of pages: 
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Capítol de llibre /  Book chapter
1820 London-Vilanova. A Clementi piano in a liquors ship. 

In this article, Marina Rodríguez emphasises the singularity of the cabinet piano of the Masia d'en Cabanyes, manufactured by one of the most famous musicians of his time: Muzio Clementi (1752-1832). The Clementi & Co. brand acquired great prestige for the musical quality of its instruments. It was the major exporter of pianos from England and in just over thirty years it produced 25,000.

The instrument was acquired by Josep Anton Cabanyes in 1820 in London, when he was twenty-three years old. Marina Rodríguez Brià points out that the young melomaniac and collector must have been easy seduced by the frenzied musical activity of the city. Sea, rivers, and canals trading routes were the best way to transport pianos. 

Author: Marina Rodríguez Brià
Name of the book: La Masia d'en Cabanyes. Poesia, música i mites al romanticisme català.
Editor: Consell Comarcal del Garraf. Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona)
Edition year: 2020
Deposit legal: B 553-2021
First chapter: P. 10-17
Catalan language





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Confluències musicals en temps de revolucions. L'etapa londinenca de Ferran Sor (1815-1823) i la seva relació amb Muzio Clementi i integrants de la London Pianoforte School

Musical convergences in times of revolution. The London period of Ferran Sor (1815-1823) and his relation to Muzio Clementi and members of the London Pianoforte School

ABSTRACT:
The beginning of the 19th century marked a vibrant period for the piano in London. When Ferran Sor arrived in the city in 1815, Muzio Clementi had already made an extraordinary contribution to piano development with a method, several publications and the building of pianos. The piano became popular and affordable in England. What’s more, Clementi would be a pioneer who educated the first generation of professional pianists, known today as the London Pianoforte School. Sor would come into contact with them and the world of piano composition, finding thus a model for the guitar, which had been hitherto confined to more popular music. Clementi published a work by Sor dedicated to Kalkbrenner and Sor would also dedicate a work to Cramer. Likewise, Sor performed at the Philharmonic Society, founded by Clementi and other musicians, and shared the stage with these pianists. In his method for guitar, he mentioned these names and others as examples to emulate. Sor also wrote his works for piano in London, meeting the leading pianists there and broadening his musical activity. The recent finding in Catalonia of a Clementi & Co. piano signed by Sor has opened a new line of research.

Author: Marina Rodríguez Brià
Name of the journal: Revista catalana de musicologia
Volume: 12: 2019
Edition year: 2019
Number of pages: P. 311-330
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La relació entre Beethoven i Clementi, un capítol poc conegut

The relationship between Beethoven and Clementi, a little-known chapter

One of the evolving disciplines, like so many aspects today, is music research. The work done by thousands of researchers in various geographies of the world and the numerous publications that appear continuously allow us to obtain more information and to complete or rectify the story that the tradition has been repeating. 
This is the case with the new studies on Muzio Clementi (1752-1832). In the late 18th-century music scene, the focus of Londonian pianism, known as the London Pianoforte School, of which Clementi was one of the main protagonists, is one of the least explained. But who was this musician who described himself as "I'm a young Italian but an old Englishman"?


Author: Marina Rodríguez Brià
Name of the journal: Revista musical catalana
Volume: Online edition
Edition year: March 2020
Catalan language  (English translation is available in this blog)


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José de Udaeta (1919-2009), una doble efemèride

(José de Udaeta (1919-2009), a double event)

José de Udaeta, a dancer, choreographer, teacher and virtuoso castanets player, but especially a singular person on and off the stage, was born in Barcelona in 1919 and died in Sant Feliu de Guíxols in 2009. This year, therefore, we commemorate the centenary of his birth and ten years of his death. The pianist Marina Rodríguez Brià, who played with him on numerous occasions, recalls him in this article.


Author: Marina Rodríguez Brià
Name of the journal: Revista musical catalana
Volume: Online edition
Edition year: December 2019
Catalan language

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