A friend of the Clementis
C. J. Wright
ON IO March 1832 Muzio Clementi, 'The Father of the Pianoforte', breathed his last in the unlikely setting of Evesham in Worcester- shire. The 'Land without Music' had lost its most distinguished resident foreign composer since the death of Handel over seventy years before. On 2 January, realizing that his life was drawing to a close, he had made his will. One of the witnesses was an Elizabeth Banks, spinster. As his biographer Unger noticed, this was not the first appearance of a Banks in dementi's life. Two of his works were dedicated to a John Cleaver Banks. The question arises as to whether there was any connection between these two and, if there was, as to what exactly was their relationship to Clementi.
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