An Italian pianist dies, at 87

An Italian pianist dies, at 87


norman lebrecht

December 31, 2022

The death has been communicated of Pietro Spada, a highly regarded performer of classical masters who fell off the posterity rankings.

His recordings of the Irishman John Field and of Mozart’s rival Muzio Clementi were breakthroughs in their time.


  • Petros LInardos says:

    He also… was a musicologist (see below) founded, along with Massimo Boccaccini, the musical publishing company Boccaccini & Spada.

    I treasure their excellent edition of Clementi’s Gradus ad Parnsassum. Pricey, but money well spent.

    Does anyone know whether the publishing company is still in business? The website doesn’t look updated.

    Pietro Spada was real musicologist, not of the kind that’s relentlessly publicized here.

  • Simon Scott says:

    He also part owned a publishing company which charged a fortune for less well known violin works by Paganini. Rip-off is not a strong enough term.

  • Tommy says:

    In addition to being a fine pianist, Pietro Spada was also a successful musicologist. He published a definitive edition of the four symphonies Muzio Clementi composed in his later years and also an enormous amount of heretofore unpublished music of composers who were and still are often overlooked___for example the six beautiful Nocturnes by Giovanni Sgambati:
    Several of his CDs may be found on Amazon.

  • Tommy says:

    Boccaccini & Spada is still in business and can be reached at: or They have a catalogue available upon request.