Clementi House was the London home of Muzio Clementi (1752-1832), composer, pianist, and ?Father of the Pianoforte?.
One of the forte-pianos manufactured by Clementi?s company at that period is the front hall of Clementi House and tuned to a playable (if not performable) condition, with its original strings.
Through Clementi?s presence, the house became the musical ?home? in London of the young Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47). It was then the home of composer William Horsley (1774-1858) and his musical family, with whom Mendelssohn performed home-made operas in the drawing-room.
Mendelssohn was present at the betrothal in the house of Horsley?s daughter Mary to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, for which couple the composer dashed off a song. Its unpublished manuscript remains in the house till this day.
Clementi House was visited by many other outstanding musicians of the period, including Chopin, Bellini, Joachim, and Ignaz Moscheles.
55, 128 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 4BH, UK