Clementi spent much of his professional life working in England as a composer, performer and teacher although he also diversified into music publishing and the manufacturer of pianos. His sonatinas are well known attractive pieces especially suited to the beginner player. This particular piece has been selected to encourage fast playing and in the piano copy suggested fingering is clearly indicated in the score. Players will need to keep their fingers close to keys to achieve a tempo of 72 dotted quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute as in the realisation. Vivace is Italian for lively.