Fantasy Football: Muffat FC

Imagine picking all the best bits of your favourite pop, rock, hip-hop and jazz stars and combining them into one fantastical package, a bit like your fantasy football team. How great would that be?

Each brings their own strengths to the party and create a world-beating combination.


The French players (Leclair, Lully, Rameau, Couperin) sweep around the wings, running rings around the opposition with their fancy foot-work. Their music is just the same: flamboyantly ornamented melodic lines for violins, oboes, and other wind instruments, bringing a sublime grace to the often-complex dance rhythms beneath. The best French composers pull off the pirouette with elegance and plenty of swagger.

The German members of the team (Bach, Telemann, Buxtehude and Biber) are the play-makers, providing the all-important infrastructure. They pounce on the smallest opportunity, passing musical themes around in a wonderful conversation, refining and polishing their moves as they go.

The Italians, just like the concerto, bring the virtuosic flare to the party, stoking the dramatic fires of the team and bringing everything to life.

Muffat is their captain and player/coach. Having traveled and trained all across Europe, he knows his player’s strengths and weaknesses inside out, and marshals his team from the midfield, picking just the right time for each star to shine.

As a composer, Muffat holds a special position in music history as one of the first to combine the main European styles. Much of his music is now lost, but his five sonatas entitled Armonico Tributo, which adopt this inclusive approach (later referred to as ‘les goûts réunis’ or ‘the reunited tastes’), survive, and offer a glimpse into a style that the likes of Couperin, Bach, Telemann and others would later continue to develop.

You can hear the great masters of Europe (Handel, Bach, Purcell, Leclair and Muffat) on Friday 8th March at the Wigmore Hall Find out more>>>

Season Highlights
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Wigmore Hall, London

Muffat moves his own chess pieces in his quest to unite the styles of France, Italy and Germany, while Bach offers one of his timeless masterpieces. Christian Curnyn returns to direct the orchestra with much-loved repertoire.The English ConcertChristian Curnyn director/harpsichordNadja Zwiener violinTuomo Suni violinHandel Concerto Grosso in D Op.6, No.5 HWV 323Purcell Suite from Dioclesian Z627Bach...

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Barbican, London

Uniting some of Handel’s greatest music with all-star casts, directed by Artistic Director Harry Bicket and with our virtuosic orchestra in full flight, it is an unmissable event. With Ariodante and Rinaldo in most recent seasons, now comes the turn of Semele; a tale of adultery and revenge amongst Gods.The English ConcertHarry Bicket director/harpsichordBrenda Rae SemeleElizabeth...

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Wigmore Hall, London

An accomplished musician and avid supporter of the arts, Grand Prince Ferdinando of Tuscany stood as one of the last in the Medici dynasty. Attracting the very best musicians, painters, sculptors and artists from across Europe, he turned Florence into a centre of excellence. Amongst the many musicians Ferdinando commissioned and invited to Florence were Alessandro Scarlatti, Legrenzi, Handel and the...

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Garsington Opera

This atmospheric choral masterpiece was the composer's first sacred work and one of the most ambitious and extensive to be composed before Bach. Written three years before becoming maestro di cappella at St Mark's in Venice, its brilliant display of style, rich choruses and moving arias showcase Monteverdi's genius as the 'Father of opera.'The English ConcertThe English Cornett & Sackbutt EnsembleGarsington...

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