Personalities | Georg Muffat | Early Baroque | Classical

(Ga-ôrg’ Moo’-fat) 1653–1704
German composer

During the 1660s, Muffat worked with Lully in Paris, later visiting Vienna, Prague, Salzburg and Rome. The deep impression that his Italian and French studies made is reflected in four important collections. Armonico tributo (1682) consists of five sonatas modelled on Corelli’s concertos. These were revised and included along with six new concertos in his last publication, Ausserlesene Instrumental-Musik (1701). Between these two Italian-dominated collections came the Francophile Florilegium primum (1695) and Florilegium secundum (1698), consisting of five-part orchestral suites, together with instructions on how they should be performed.

Recommended Recording:
Concerti grossi, Musica Aeterna Bratislava (dir) Peter Zajícek (Naxos)

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