Georg Philipp Telemann

Biography

Born: Mar 14, 1681; Germany   Died: Jun 25, 1767; Germany   Period: Baroque
Georg Philipp Telemann was born in Magdeburg, the son of a Lutheran deacon who died in 1685, leaving the mother to raise their three children alone. The youth showed remarkable talent in music, but was temporarily discouraged in his chosen pursuit by Puritan Lutherans, who told Telemann's mother that he would turn out no better than "a clown, a tightrope walker or a marmot-trainer." In opposition to his mother's wishes, Telemann continued to Read more study in secrecy until she relented, allowing him to train under the highly respected Kantor Benedict Christiani, at the Old City School. Outside of some early lessons in reading tablature, Telemann was self-taught and was capable of playing the flute, violin, viola da gamba, oboe, trombone, double bass, and several keyboard instruments. Telemann began to write music from childhood, producing an opera, Sigismundus, by age 12.

Telemann was sent away to Zellerfeld in 1694; at the age of 20, the composer resolved to study law in Leipzig, but a chance meeting in Halle with 16-year-old Georg Friedrich Handel appears to have drawn him back to music. Telemann began writing cantatas for a church in Leipzig and quickly became a local celebrity. In 1702, he was named director of the Leipzig Opera, and over the next three years he wrote four operas specifically for this company.

Early on, Telemann's career is marked by sharp contrasts, both professionally and personally; Kapellmeister in Sorau, now part of Poland, in 1705, he only served three years before moving on to the court in Eisenach (1708-1712). In 1712 Telemann accepted an appointment in Frankfurt to the post of Kapellmeister at the Church of the Barefoot Friars and as director of municipal music. In 1709 Telemann married Amalie Eberlin, who died in childbirth during the first year of their union. In 1714 Telemann married Maria Katharina Textor, whose gambling addiction was so bad the citizens of Hamburg took up a collection in order save the couple from bankruptcy. Later Telemann's second spouse would abandon him in favor of a Swedish military officer.

In 1721 Telemann's opera, Der geduldige Socrates was performed in Hamburg. That same year, Hamburg's officials awarded Telemann the positions of Kantor of the Johanneum and musical director of the city's principal churches. In doing so Telemann accepted the responsibility of writing two cantatas for every Sunday, a new Passion setting annually and of contributing music to a wide variety of liturgical and civic events. Telemann readily met these obligations and in 1722 accepted the directorship of the Hamburg Opera, serving until its closure in 1738.

Telemann was also one of the first composers to concentrate on the business of publishing his own music, and at least forty early prints of his music are known from editions which he prepared and sold himself. These published editions were in some cases extremely popular and spread Telemann's fame throughout Europe; in particular the Der Getreue Musik Meister (1728), Musique de Table or Tafelmusik (1733) and the 6 Concerts et 6 Suites (1734) were in wide use during Telemann's own lifetime.

Starting in the 1740s until about 1755, Telemann focused less on composition, turning his attentions to the study of music theory. He wrote many oratorios in the mid-1750s, including Donnerode (1756), Das befreite Israel (1759), and Die Auferstehung und Himmelfährt Jesu (1760). Telemann's long life ended at the age 86 in 1767.

Georg Philipp Telemann was considered the most important German composer of his day and his reputation outlasted him for some time, but ultimately it was unable to withstand the shadow cast by the growing popularity of his contemporary, Johann Sebastian Bach. Telemann enormous output, perhaps the largest of any classical composer in history, includes parts of at least 31 cantata cycles, many operas, concertos, oratorios, songs, music for civic occasions and church services, passion, orchestral suites and abundant amounts of chamber music. While many of these works have been lost, most still exist, and the sheer bulk of his creativity has made it difficult for scholars and performers alike to come to terms with. The inevitable revival of interest in Telemann did not arrive until the 1920s, but has grown exponentially ever since, and with the twenty first century in full swing more of Telemann's music is played, known, understood and studied than at any time in history. Read less

Telemann: Scherzi Melodichi / Ensemble Symposium
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94330   Number of Discs: 1
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Telemann: Miriways / Gaigg, Volpert, Hofbauer, Hierdeis, L'Orfeo Barockorchester
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 777752   Number of Discs: 2
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Telemann: Der Tag Des Gerichts / Gotthold Schwarz, Bach Consort Leipzig
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Rondeau Productions  
Catalog: 6036   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Trumpet in D major, TV 51 no D 7

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    Ludwig Guttler: Die Jubilaums-edition
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300549 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Neruda,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Mathias Sperger  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
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    The Baroque Collection
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 73420 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Xavier Darasse,  Maurice André,  Guy Touvron,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Auriacombe,  Jörg Faerber,  Jacques Roussel,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Antiqua Musica  ... 
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    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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    Let the Bright Seraphim / Thomas, Steele-Perkins, Monks, Armonico Consort
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 289 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Elin Manahan Thomas
    Conductor:  Christopher Monks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
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    Telemann: Trumpet Concertos / Boughton, Wallace, English String Orchestra
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5189 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  John Wallace,  Susan Addison,  David Stewart,  James Casey  ... 
    Conductor:  William Boughton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Orchestra
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    Sergei Nakariakov - Trumpet & Orchestra  [6-CD Set]
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 993672 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  André Jolivet,  Henri Tomasi  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Nakariakov
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Hugh Wolff,  Jörg Faerber,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn  ... 
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    Handel, Geminiani, Purcell, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Telemann / Lamon, Tafelmusik
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 796334 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Francesco Geminiani,  Henry Purcell,  Alessandro Stradella  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley King,  Julie Brye,  Michael McCraw,  Teresa Wasiak  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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    Essential Brass
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94896 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilbraham,  Maurice André,  Angela East,  Crispian Steele-Perkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Richard Hickox,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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    Trumpet Concertos - M. Haydn, Molter, L. Mozart, Telemann, Torelli
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94094 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Melchior Molter,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Michael Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Otto Sauter,  Franz Wagnermeyer,  Kenji Tamiya,  Thomas Hammes
    Conductor:  Nicol Matt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kurpfälzisches Chamber Orchestra,  Mannheim Chamber Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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    Telemann Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94104 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 29
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Theunis Van der Zwart,  Kate Clark,  Erwin Wieringa,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Nicol Matt,  Iona Brown,  Martin Haselböck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion,  Kurpfälzisches Chamber Orchestra,  Mannheim Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Concerto A La Carte / Wilbraham, Monteux, Marriner
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4802333 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilbraham,  Alan Stringer,  Trevor Connah,  Norman Nelson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Beruhmte Trompetenkonzerte / Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115242 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Leopold Mozart,  Petronio Franceschini,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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    Festliche Konzerte Fur Trompete Und Corno Da Caccia
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 94812 Release Date: 10/25/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Mudge,  Sylvio Lazzari,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Petronio Franceschini  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Mathias Schmutzler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Virtuosi Saxoniae Orchestra
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    Telemann - Selected Masterworks / Schreier, Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184462 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Roland Straumer,  Bernd Haubold,  Friedrich Kircheis,  Ludwig Güttler  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler,  Wolf-Dieter Hauschild,  Eitelfriedrich Thom,  Helmut Koch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Capella Fidicinia
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    Baroque Orchestral Masterpieces
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98533 Release Date: 09/19/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph Förster,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Lajos Lencsés,  Pierre Kremer
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling,  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Follia,  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Haydn: Trumpet Concerto;  Hummel, Mozart, Et Al / Marriner
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 417761 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Leopold Mozart,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilbraham,  Alan Stringer
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Telemann: Wind Concertos Vol 3 / Schneider, Cologne Camerata, La Stagione Frankfurt
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777268 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Michael Schneider
    Conductor:  Michael Schneider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stagione Frankfurt,  Camerata Köln
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    Trumpet Concertos - Molter, Telemann, Hertel, Albinoni, Etc / Basch
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 8060 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Neruda  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Basch,  Wolfgang Rübsam
    Conductor:  Helmut Winschermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Bach Soloists
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    La Trompette De Toutes Les Mélodies / André
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 754638 Release Date: 01/13/2008  
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Benedetto Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith,  Maurice André
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Michel Plasson,  Edmond de Stoutz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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    Ludwig Güttler Plays Famous Trumpet Concertos / Saxoniae
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1036 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Mudge,  Sylvio Lazzari,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Petronio Franceschini  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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    Trumpet Concertos & Sonatas / Ashton, Irish Co
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 62477 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Ashton,  Gerald Ruddock
    Conductor:  Ian Watson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra
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    Handel, Haydn, Et Al: Trumpet Concertos / Maurice André
    Label: Emi Great Artists Of The Century   Catalog: 62947 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Wilhelm Hertel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Festive Trumpet / Rudi Scheck, Pierre Kremer, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98450 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Giuseppe Romanino,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre Kremer,  Rudi Scheck,  Chistian-Markus Raiser
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Carlo Jans
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Telemann Highlights
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98471 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Pierre Kremer,  Mathias Von Brenndorff,  Peter Thalheimer
    Conductor:  Ulrich Stötzel,  Carlo Jans,  Hanjoachim Kaps,  Paul Kantschieder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale der Bach-Chores Siegen,  Trompeten-Consort "Friedemann Immer",  Saarbrücker Kammermusiker  ... 
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  • 25.
    Four Trumpet Concerti / Vosburgh, Schwarz, Seattle So
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3021 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  George Vosburgh
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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