Francesco Pollini and the early Italian piano tradition

The early Italian piano school had a direct connection to the Classical Viennese piano tradition, with Mozart’s pupil Francesco Pollini (1762–1846) constituting the crucial link between them.



Conducting an overview of Pollini’s oeuvre enables us to situate his person within the context of a musician’s career strategies of his time: as a pedagogue, a composer and a performer. The reception history of early Italian piano music will here be examined along with the instruments of the time, and their influence on local piano techniques.