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
Vivaldi, Sammartini, Telemann, Handel: Recorder Concertos / Michala Petri
Release Date: 02/18/2009   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 400075   Number of Discs: 1
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Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasien Und Partiten
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Campanella Records  
Catalog: 130182   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Concerto for Trumpet in D major, TV 51 no D 7

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  • 26.
    Karajan - Complete Emi Recordings 1946-84 Vol 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 12038 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 88
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Ernst Haefliger,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    The Best Of Telemann - Concertos, Suites, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556689 Release Date: 07/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Jirí Stivín,  Ladislav Kyselak,  Niklas Eklund
    Conductor:  Nicholas Ward,  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Richard Edlinger,  Nils-Erik Sparf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Golden Age,  Northern Chamber Orchestra,  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    Telemann: Admiralitätsmusik, Trumpet Concerto, Etc
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3049 Release Date: 04/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Werner Pelz,  Peter Bollman,  Klaus Hückstädt  ... 
    Conductor:  Eitelfriedrich Thom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Music For Trumpet - Handel, Haydn, Et Al / Maurice André
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 73374 Release Date: 11/02/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Alessandro Marcello,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith,  Maurice André,  Alfred Mitterhofer
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Hummel, L. Mozart, Telemann, Vivaldi / André, Karajan
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 66961 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Leopold Mozart,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel
    Performer:  Maurice André
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Chamber Music For Trumpet & Winds / Basch, Asperen
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77454 Release Date: 03/28/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried Finger,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Christoph Pezel,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Bob van Asperen,  Wolfgang Basch
    Conductor:  Bob van Asperen
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  • 39.
    Telemann: Tafelmusik Ii, Etc / Cassone, Pian & Forte
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47320 Release Date: 01/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Gabriele Cassone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pian e Forte Ensemble
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  • 40.
    The Art Of The Baroque Trumpet Vol 1 / Eklund, Sparf, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553531 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Leopold Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Niklas Eklund
    Conductor:  Nils-Erik Sparf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
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  • 41.
    Baroque Trumpet Concertos / Friedrich, Budapest Strings
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10529 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Johann Endler
    Performer:  Reinhold Friedrich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strings
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  • 42.
    Baroque Trumpet Concertos / Sergei Nakariakov
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 10788 Release Date: 05/07/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alessandro Marcello,  Johann Neruda  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Nakariakov
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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    Label: Curb   Catalog: 78038 Release Date: 10/31/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  Leopold Mozart,  Christoph Förster,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Willi Krug,  Peter Damm
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Hartmut Haenchen
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  • 44.
    Telemann For Trumpet / Burns, American Concerto Orchestra
    Label: Dorian Discovery   Catalog: 80132 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Stephen Burns
    Conductor:  Stephen Burns
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Concerto Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Baroque 9 - Telemann: Concertos & Sonatas
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65340 Release Date: 02/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Elaine Shaffer,  Elizaveta Gilels,  Leonid Kogan,  Leonid Polees  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Rudolf Barshai,  Louis Auriacombe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra,  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Music for Trumpet & Orchestra / Steele-Perkins, Lamon
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 53365 Release Date: 05/03/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  George Frideric Handel,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  John Thiessen
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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  • 47.
    Maryland Bach Aria Group - Bach, Telemann, Fasch, Et Al
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 704 Release Date: 12/29/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Larry E. Vote,  Jeanne Fryberger Vote,  Deborah Greitzer,  Jeff Silberschlag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Maryland Bach Aria Group
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  • 48.
    Trumpet Voluntary / Maurice André
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 92123 Release Date: 09/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 49.
    Famous Trumpet Concerti
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550243 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Leopold Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Miroslav Kejmar
    Conductor:  Petr Skvor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 50.
    The Sound Of Trumpets / Schwarz, New York Trumpet Ensemble
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3002 Release Date: 05/22/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber  ... 
    Performer:  Gerard Schwarz,  Norman Smith,  Mark Gould,  Edward Carroll  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Chamber Symphony,  New York Trumpet Ensemble
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