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Handel, George Frideric
8 Suites for Keyboard (1720) HWV 426-433 ‘mises dans une autre applicature pour la facilité de la main’ by Gottlieb Muffat (1736)

Editor: Christopher Hogwood

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Author: Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759)
Editor: Christopher Hogwood
Publication Date: 4-1-2007
Pages: pp. 116
Size: 230x310 mm
Binding: Paperback (Soft Cover)
ISMN: 979-0-2153-1450-4
Code: ES 46


Although Handel and Gottlieb Muffat (1690-1770) – ‘the other Amadeus’, son of the composer Georg Muffat – never met, Muffat’s name is well known to Handelians as the source of the extensive but unacknowledged ‘borrowings’ Handel made in his Ode for St Cecilia’s Day and the Concerti Grossi Op. 6, all deriving from Muffat’s Componimenti musicali published in 1739. There are also modified quotations from Muffat in the Op. 7 Organ Concerti and in Judas Maccabaeus, Joshua, Solomon and Theodora.
The present editions aim to redress the balance by presenting Muffat’s acknowledged ‘recreations’ of Handel’s most famous keyboard publications. The first volume contains the 8 Suites (Suite des Pieces Pour le Clavecin, first issued in 1720), found in Muffat’s own autograph in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Mus.ms 9160). The second volume includes the set of 6 Fugues (Six Fugues or Voluntarys of 1735).
While these Handel originals have been well served by modern scholarship, until now this important alternative version of the suites and fugues has never been published.


Harpsichord & Fortepiano (Spring 2012)
... Both Muffat volumes are presented here in outstanding editions with excellent introductory essays, thorough critical commentary and a generous selection of facsimile material. (J. O’Donnell)

Il Giornale della Musica (07/08)
... Nel complesso, queste due edizioni curate da uno dei massimi specialisti händeliani in circolazione, consentono di compiere un ulteriore - importante - passo verso il 'vero' aspetto sonoro di due caposaldi della letteratura cembalistica del XVIII secolo. (G.T.)

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