During the early 18th century the ouverture (suite) enjoyed great popularity at the German courts. While Johann Sigismund Kusser was the first to add a French ouverture to the German suite, Georg Muffat is generally regarded as the composer that introduced the French ouverture to Germany with his publication of “Florilegium primum [1695”] and “Florilegium secundum ”. Georg Philipp Telemann, along with J.S. Bach, Graupner en Fasch, developed this genre into the form known simply as the “ouverture”. The title “overture”, should be understood here as the abbreviated form of overture with all the airs and dance movements. At the beginning of the 18th century, the French ouverture was freed from its scenic role to become an instrumental form in its own right. The ouverture form was characterized by a slow and solemn opening section with a stately dotted rhythm followed by a quick fugato section and a return of the initial slow section. A suite of dance movements then follows the overture as such.