Muzio Clementi (1752-1832)
I don’t really like classifying Clementi as a ‘minor composer’ because he played a far more important role in the history of music then given credit for. He could also be classed as a bridge composer between the Classical and Romantic periods and in his piano sonatas you can sense a forward thinking mindset. Mainly though remembered for his collection of Sonatinas Op. 36 which are thoroughly pleasing study aids. Born in Italy he settled down for the latter part of his life in England, dying in Evesham, Worcestershire, where there is a road named after him. He was interred in Westminster Abbey which is a great honour bestowed on a recognised genius. Sadly, apart from Op. 36, he is too forgotten by many when in his time he was someone who influenced Beethoven. His Op. 50, three sonatas, are all too neglected. Here is his Op. 50 in G minor.