Georg Muffat: Notes and Commentary

Georg Muffat was a French Baroque composer most well known for the performance directions printed as part of his collections of string pieces Florilegium Primum and Florilegium Secundum (First and Second Bouquets) in 1695 and 1698. The performance directions are notable for their detail. These performance directions were intended to assist German string players with the idiom of the French dance style, and include detailed rules for the tempo and order of bow strokes in various types of movement, as well as more general strategies for good ensemble playing and musicianship. These texts remain extremely valuable for modern historically-interested musicians.

Muffat was, as Johann Jakob Froberger before him, and Handel after him, a cosmopolitan composer who played a role in the exchanges between European musical traditions. He lived from June 1, 1653, to February 23, 1704.—Excerpted from Wikipedia

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