Muffat - Complete Apparatus Musico-Organisticus | Brilliant Classics 94493

Muffat - Complete Apparatus Musico-Organisticus

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 94493

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 2nd December 2013



A former pupil of Pasquini who also came into contact with Corelli, Georg Muffat - born in Savoy in 1653 - was the first example of a truly international composer who brought together elements of the German, French and Italian styles. He was primarily an organist, working in cities such as Paris, Vienna and Prague, and his 'Apparatus musico-organisticus', to which this release is dedicated, was the largest corpus of organ works published at the time - an enormously popular volume, to the extent that it was considered among the foremost compilations of its sort in southern Germany.

The Apparatus originally consisted of 12 toccatas, but in a later edition three pieces were added to the set: Ciacona, Passacaglia and Nova Cyclopeias Harmonica. The organist is certainly put to the test, what with the scales, the leaps, double trills and a wide variety of figures that express 'contrasting affections' in the works - the last of which alludes to the story of Pythagoras, who discovered the foundations of musical tuning by listening to the hammering of a blacksmith on various anvils.

Brilliant Classics regular, Adriano Falcioni performs this magnum opus with aplomb, revealing the skill of a composer who is credited with being the first musician to introduce the Italian concerto grosso and the French suite to the German-speaking countries.

Track Listing:
CD 1
1. Toccata Prima
2. Toccata Suconda
3. Toccata Tertia
4. Toccata Quarta
5. Toccata Quinta
6. Toccata Sexta
7. Toccata Septima
8. Toccata Octava

Total time 53'29

CD 2
1. Toccata Nona
2. Toccata Decima
3. Toccata Undecima
4. Toccata Duodecima et ultima
5. Ciacona
6. Passacaglia
7. Nova Cyclopeias Harmonica

Total time 56'52

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