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Alison J. Dunlop: The Life and Works of Gottlieb Muffat (1690-1770), Wien: Hollitzer Verlag, 2013, 600 pages, 24 x 17 cm, hardcover with dust jacket

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Alison J. Dunlop

The Life and Works of Gottlieb Muffat (1690-1770)

Gottlieb Muffat (1690–1770) has been heralded as one of the first composers of keyboard music to display ‘distinctly Austrian traits’. In light of both the extent and quality of his œuvre, he was undoubtedly the single most important composer of keyboard music in Vienna in the first half of the eighteenth century. A prodigious child, he performed for the Emperor when he was around ten years old and his formative years were shaped by two of the most renowned composers of the period: his father Georg and Johann Joseph Fux. Muffat served as organist at the Viennese imperial court for over half a century and was responsible for teaching several members of the imperial family. This book explores both his career and quotidian existence and presents much hitherto unknown information about other members of this musical family. A thematic catalogue, which includes descriptions of all known manuscript sources of his music, comprises the second part of this study and serves to highlight the significance of his output and the reception and transmission of his work.


Part I: A Documentary Biography






Muffat family genealogy

Biographical sources

The father: Georg Muffat

Gottlieb Muffat

Gottlieb Muffat’s children

Gottlieb Muffat’s siblings




Cultivation of keyboard music in Vienna

Compositional output

Reception and transmission of works


Discussion of individual sources



Part II: Catalogue of Works and Sources

Thematic Catalogue


Notes on usage

Works printed during Gottlieb Muffat’s lifetime (A)

Keyboard partitas (B)

Anonymous partitas of uncertain authorship (App B)

Other keyboard works (C)

Chamber works (D)

Works in the archive of the Berlin Sing-Akademie by Georg Muffat

Index of works arranged by genre and key


Musical Sources

Notes on usage

Index of sources and works

Source descriptions

Index of copyists

Index of provenance




Index of musical sources

Index of names