ITALIAN NATIONAL EDITON of the OPERA OMNIA of MUZIO CLEMENTI
directed by Roberto Illiano
With a ministerial decree dated 20 March 2008, the opera omnia of the composer Muzio Clementi was promoted to the status of Italian National Edition. The official ceremony took place at the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage (Rome) in the presence of Andrea Marcucci, the Under-Secretary of State, Dr Maurizio Fallace, Director-General for the Library Heritage and Cultural Institutes, and the steering committee of the National Edition consisting of the scholars Andrea Coen (Rome), Roberto De Caro (Bologna), Roberto Illiano (Lucca – President), Leon B. Plantinga (New Haven, CT), David Rowland (Milton Keynes), Luca Lévi Sala (Poitiers/New Haven, Secretary and Treasurer), Massimiliano Sala (Lovere, BG), Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald (Cheltenham, UK) and Valeria Tarsetti (Bologna).
The critical edition of the complete works of Clementi, published by Ut Orpheus Edizioni of Bologna, will consist of fifteen volumes: the first two will contain vocal and orchestral music respectively, five volumes will be devoted to the chamber music, two volumes to the keyboard works, and two volumes to the didactic works. Another three volumes will contain: (1) the doubtful works together with arrangements and transcriptions by Clementi, (2) the correspondence and (3) a thematic catalogue of his works together with documents relating to his life, iconography and an updated bibliography. Each volume will contain an analytical historical introduction, a critical edition of the music and a critical commentary (comprising a list, description and criticism of the sources, an account of interpretative problems and a list of variants).
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