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: 36 Fantasias for Harpsichord / Andrea Coen
Release Date: 01/31/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94228   Number of Discs: 3
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Bernardini: Telemann: Ouvertures A 8 / Zefiro
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: Arcana  
Catalog: 371   Number of Discs: 1
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Telemann: Concertos / Haselbock, Indermuhle
Release Date: 11/13/2001   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 99677   Number of Discs: 3
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Telemann: Paris Quartets / Wentz, Musica ad Rhenum
Release Date: 04/01/2008   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 93649   Number of Discs: 3
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Telemann: Perpetuum Mobile - Cantatas & Chamber Music / Balthasar Neumann Ensemble
Release Date: 11/30/2004   Label: Carus  
Catalog: 83165   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Overture-Suite for Recorder, Strings and Basso Continuo in A minor, TV 55 no a 2

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    Telemann: Concertos & Suites
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24288 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Bart Coen
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
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    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Frans Bruggen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65836 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Barsanti,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Anner Bylsma,  Alda Stuurop  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brüggen-Consort
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    Telemann Edition - Concertos From Tafelmusik, Orchestral Suites, Woodwind Concertos
    Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 5443422 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Mechthild Bach,  Mechthild Georg,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Johannes Mannov  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Schneider,  Wolfgang Schäfer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Köln,  Freiburg Vocal Ensemble,  Freiburg Collegium Musicum  ... 
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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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    Telemann: Overtures / Peire, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94411 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Piet De Block,  Manu Mellaerts,  Steven Devolder,  Steven Bossuyt  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Peire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Instrumentale Brugensis
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    L'Art de la Flute de Pan / Simon Stanciu
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3140 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Simion Stanciu Syrinx,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Alexandre Lagoya,  Marielle Nordmann
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Berlingen,  Edmond de Stoutz,  Hans Graf,  Claudio Scimone  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Normandy Orchestral Ensemble,  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra  ... 
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    Great Baroque Masterpieces
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501061 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Nadja Schubert,  Daniel Rothert,  Corinne Chapelle,  Karl Kaiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Kevin Mallon,  Bradley Creswick,  Jozef Kopelman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Aradia Ensemble,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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    Label: Da Camera Magna Records   Catalog: DACA77057 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
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    Telemann: Overture Series / Read, Concerto Barocco
    Label: Aliud Aliud   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Conductor:  Andrew Read
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Barocco
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    Telemann: Darmstadt Overtures
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 4690523 Release Date: 06/01/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
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    Telemann: 3 Orchestral Suites / Van Heerden, L'orfeo Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777218-2 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Carin Van Heerden
    Conductor:  Carin Van Heerden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
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    Les Plaisirs De La Table - Telemann, Vivaldi, Graun, Quantz, Etc / Ricercar Consort, Et Al
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 270 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Michel Corrette,  Johann Friedrich Fasch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  La Pastorella
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    A Baroque Odyssey / Ensemble Masques
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29961 Release Date: 10/20/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume Dumanoir,  Henry Purcell,  Anonymous,  Johann Bernhard Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
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    Naturally Telemann
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 3006 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Manfred Kraemer,  Monika Mauch
    Conductor:  Manfred Kraemer,  Matthias Maute
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal,  Ensemble Caprice
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    Telemann: Suite In A Minor, Etc / Petri, Bennett, Thunemann
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 410041 Release Date: 06/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Michala Petri,  Klaus Thunemann,  William Bennett
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Telemann Alla Polacca / Rebel
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90302 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Rebel
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    Telemann: Overture For Recorder In A Minor, 3 Fantasias
    Label: Paradizo   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Julien Martin,  Skip Sempé
    Conductor:  Skip Sempé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
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    Telemann: Suite In A Minor, Recorder Concerto In C, Etc
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 433043 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Philip Pickett,  Mark Levy
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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    Baroque Pan Pipe - Albinoni, Et Al / Simion Stanciu Syrinx
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3086 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Simion Stanciu Syrinx,  Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Edmond de Stoutz,  Hans Graf,  Jean-Pierre Berlingen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra  ... 
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    Telemann, Bach: Suites For Flute And Strings / Laurel Zucker
    Label: Cantilena   Catalog: 5637533012 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Laurel Zucker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferenc Erkel Chamber Orchestra
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    Baroque Recorder Concertos / Pamela Thorby, Sonnerie
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 217 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Matthew Halls,  Emilia Benjamin,  Alison McGillivray,  Katherine McGillivray  ... 
    Conductor:  Monica Huggett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Sonnerie
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    The Best Of Baroque Music / Helmut Müller-brühl, Cologne Co
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557124 Release Date: 08/26/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Harald Hoeren,  Daniel Rothert,  Stefan Schilli,  Lisa Stewart  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
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    The Instruments Of The Orchestra / Jeremy Siepmann
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558040-46 Release Date: 12/03/2002   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Idil Biret,  Tedi Papavrami,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Richard Edlinger,  Takuo Yuasa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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    Telemann: Overture, 3 Concertos / Laurin, Arte Deo Suonotari
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1185 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Dan Laurin,  Mark Caudle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arte Dei Suonatori
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