Gottlieb Muffat was the youngest son of composer Georg Muffat, inheriting a prodigious talent at the keyboard. The cosmopolitan nature of his works shows the influence of French, German and Italian styles, and his music was of such quality that it was extensively 'borrowed' by Handel. The elegant and at times spectacularly ornamented and virtuoso Componimenti Musicali suites are amongst Muffat's few surviving works. I was rather intrigued by the Compinimenti Musicali No. 7 MC A19 (Ciaconna con 38 Variazioni) which sounded very similar to Handel's G major Chaconne. I was intrigued to know which came first. The recording is made in a very favorable acoustic, allowing the instrumental textures to emerge with clarity.
Componimenti musicali (Muffat, Gottlieb). 6 suites, 1 chaconne. 1739 ca. Genre Categories. Pieces; Suites; Chaconnes; For harpsichord; Scores featuring the harpsichord; For 1 player. Componimenti Musicali per il Cembalo. I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat.
CD 1. Gottlieb Muffat Composer. Keyboard Suite in A, MC B16 Work. Naoko Akutagawa Harpsichord. Gottlieb Muffat: Componimenti Musicali. Naxos featured album.
Gottlieb Muffat (April 1690 – 9 December 1770), son of Georg Muffat, served as Hofscholar under Johann Fux in Vienna from 1711 and was appointed to the position of third court organist at the Hofkapelle in 1717. He acquired additional duties over time including the instruction of members of the Imperial family, among them the future Empress Maria Theresa.
The two discs here contain six suites for keyboard, plus a seventh work designated as a suite but simply containing a chaconne. It's a major find, and the two-manual harpsichord by iconoclastic Michigan builder Keith Hill is unusually well suited to this music.
Gottlieb Muffat: Componimenti Musicali. Naoko Akutagawa (harpsichord). Critical assessment of playing has always been positive, and rightly so: here too she is reassuringly confident and expressive, as well as galvanically virtuosic. MusicWeb International, 21st May 2013. The elegant and at times spectacularly ornamented and virtuoso Componimenti Musicali suites are amongst Muffat’s few surviving works. Naoko Akutagawa’s recording of Graupner’s Partitas (8570459) has been described by MusicWeb International as captivating from beginning to end.
Naoko Akutagawa’s previous recordings from Muffat’s Componimenti musicali were described by MusicWeb International as ‘galvanically virtuosic. Naoko Akutagawa was born in Hiroshima in 1974, and began playing piano at the age of three. At 16 she switched to the harpsichord, studying first at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, and then at the Hochschule fur Musik Wurzburg, Germany, as a student of Glen Wilson. Her recordings have been broadcast by the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 96 kHz, 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters. For Your Consideration More ▸.
Profile: 1690–1770, pupil of Johann Joseph Fux, Austrian organist and one of the last significant composers of suites. Variations: Viewing All Gottlieb Muffat. Componimenti Musicali: Seven Suites For Harpsichord (2xLP). Musical Heritage Society.
Gottlieb Muffat, youngest son of composer and Kapellmeister Georg Muffat, was a keyboard virtuoso whose career was based around the Viennese Imperial Court. Muffat, with his own elegantly ornamented style, absorbing influences from Germany, France and Italy, is remembered as a composer from whom Handel borrowed extensively – a common practice of the period.