Clementi's Selection of Practical Harmony

The Selection of Practical Harmony is the result of Clementi collecting manuscript music during his frequent trips across Europe (1780–1784, 1784–1785, 1802–1810). It is in 4 volumes (1801, 1802, 1811, 1814) and contains works by 25 composers (other than Clementi).

All PDFs below are from the original whole edition from c.1815. 

(* means that the composer features in multiple volumes)

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Volume 1 (1801)

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p.2–7: CLEMENTI, Muzio (1752–1832) : ‘Epitome of Counterpoint’

p.8–31: KIRNBERGER, Johann Philip (1721–1783)

p.31 : *BACH, Carl Philip Emanuel (1714–1788) : Canon in C major ‘per diminutionem’

p.31 : FASCH, Carl Friedrich Christian (1736–1800) : Canon in G minor ‘per diminutionem’

p.31 : TURINI, Francesco (1589–1656) : Canon in C major in 4 parts

p.32 : *MARTINI, Padre Giovanni Battista (1706–1784) : Canon in C major ‘infinito, o circolare all‘ 8va’

p.32 : AGOSTINI DA VALLERANO, Paolo (1583–1629) : Canon starting in C mode and ‘perpetually ascending one tone’

p.32–33 : CARESANA, Cristoforo (1640–1709) : Fugue in C mode ‘on 2 subjects’

p.33 : PERTI, Giacomo Antonio (1661–1756) : Fugue in D major in 3 voices

p.34 : *BACH, Carl Philip Emanuel (1714–1788) : Canon in G major

p.34–35 : HAYDN, Franz Joseph (1732–1809) : Minuet in canon and Trio, in E minor and E major (Allegretto)

p.36 : *BACH, Carl Philip Emanuel (1714–1788) : 2 Minuets, in F major and F minor, the second in canon

p.36–37 : *HANDEL, Georg Frideric (1685–1759) : Fugue in B minor in 2 voices (Allegro)

p.38–50 : PORPORA, Nicola (1686–1768)

p.51–75 : *ALBRECHTSBERGER, Johann Georg (1736–1809), ‘composer of the Cathedral at Vienna’

p.75 : TELEMANN, Georg Philipp (1681–1767) : Fughetta in D major

p.76–102 : *EBERLIN, Johann Ernst (1702–1762)

p.103–105 : UMSTATT, Joseph (1711–1762) : Voluntary (Larghetto–Adagio) and Fugue in G minor, with only Bb in the key signature

p.106–107 : MARPURG, Friedrich Wilhelm (1718–1795) : Prelude and Fugue in G major (Grave–Allegro)

p.108–109 : *MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756–1791) : Fugue in D minor from the Requiem ‘adapted for the Organ or Piano Forte by Muzio Clementi’ (Allegro Moderato–Adagio)

p.110–126 : *BACH, Carl Philip Emanuel (1714–1788)

p.127–131 : BACH, Johann Ernst (1722–1777) : Fantasia and Fugue in F major (Allegro Moderato–Allegro)

p.132–145 : *BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685–1750)

NB. This is the first known edition of JS Bach’s ‘French Suite no.5’ in G major, albeit with different order of pieces. See Plantinga, Leon, ‘Clementi, Virtuosity, and the «German Manner»’, in Journal of the American Musicological Society, vol.25, no.3 (Autumn 1972), p.327. The information is also found in Plantinga, Leon, Clementi: His Life and Music (London: Oxford University Press, 1977), p. 188 (footnote 42).

 Volume 2 (1802)

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p.2–15: *ALBRECHTSBERGER, Johann Georg (1736–1809)

p.16–35 : *EBERLIN, Johann Ernst (1702–1762)

p.36–44 : *MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756–1791) : Fantasia in F minor ‘adapted for the Organ or Piano Forte by Clementi’ (Allegro Moderato – Andante Cantabile – Tempo primo)

p.45–64 : *BACH, Carl Philip Emanuel (1714–1788)

p.65–73 : *BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685–1750) : Toccata and Fugue in D minor

p.74–99 : *HANDEL, Georg Frideric (1685–1759)

p.100–129 : *MARTINI, Padre Giovanni Battista (1706–1784)

p.130–131 : SCARLATTI, Alessandro (1660–1725), ‘father to Domenico Scarlatti’ : Fugue in F minor with only 3 flats in the key signature

p.132–137 : SCARLATTI, Domenico (1685–1757), ‘the celebrated Performer on the Harpsichord and Organ’

p.138–157 : FRESCOBALDI, Girolamo (1583–1643), referred to as ‘the celebrated Girolamo Frescobaldi, who flourished about the beginning of the seventeenth century ; and was organist of St Peter's Church at Rome’

 Volume 3 (1811)

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‘The arrangement in the various pieces of this volume, excepting the article of Christian Bach, is entirely by the Editor.’

p.2–46 : BACH, Wilhelm Friedemann (1710–1784), ‘eldest son of Seb. Bach’

p.47–87 : *BACH, Carl Philip Emanuel (1714–1788), ‘2nd son of Seb. Bach’

p.88–101 : BACH, Johann Christoph Friedrich (1732–1795), ‘3rd son of Seb. Bach’

p.102–114 : BACH, Johann Christian (1735-1782), ‘youngest son of Seb. Bach’

p.115–123 : *BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685–1750)

 Volume 4 (1814)

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p.2–77 : *MARTINI, (Padre) Giovanni Battista (1706-1784), referred to as the ‘celebrated Padre Martini’

p.78–121 : *ALBRECHTSBERGER, Johann Georg (1736–1809)

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