Georg Philipp Telemann
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1681-03-14
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Georg Philipp Telemann

Georg Philipp Telemann Biography (Wikipedia)

Georg Philipp Telemann (24 March [O.S. 14 March] 1681 – 25 June 1767) was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family's wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually settled on a career in music. He held important positions in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach, and Frankfurt before settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of that city's five main churches. While Telemann's career prospered, his personal life was always troubled: his first wife died only a few months after their marriage, and his second wife had extramarital affairs and accumulated a large gambling debt before leaving him.

Telemann is one of the most prolific composers in history (at least in terms of surviving oeuvre) and was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the leading German composers of the time—he was compared favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann the godfather and namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to George Frideric Handel, whom Telemann also knew personally. As part of his duties, he wrote a considerable amount of music for educating organists under his direction. This includes 48 chorale preludes and 20 small fugues (modal fugues) to accompany his chorale harmonizations for 500 hymns. His music incorporates French, Italian, and German national styles, and he was at times even influenced by Polish popular music. He remained at the forefront of all new musical tendencies, and his music stands as an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical styles. The Telemann Museum in Hamburg is dedicated to him.

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Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto for 2 recorders in A minor, TWV 52:a2
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Concerto for 2 recorders in A minor, TWV 52:a2

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Georg Philipp Telemann
Quatuour No.6 in E minor, TWV.43:e4 [Paris Quartets] (5th movement - Modere)
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Quatuour No.6 in E minor, TWV.43:e4 [Paris Quartets] (5th movement - Modere)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Fantasie No 4 in D major
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Fantasie No 4 in D major
Georg Philipp Telemann
'Burlesque de Quixotte' Suite in G minor, TWV.55:G10
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'Burlesque de Quixotte' Suite in G minor, TWV.55:G10
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in D, TWV
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Concerto for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in D, TWV
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto a 5
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Concerto a 5

Concerto a 5

Performer
Christian Schneider
Erik Niord Larsen
Kjell Arne Jorgensen
Miranda Playfair
Hans Knut Sveen
Georg Philipp Telemann
Septet for 3 oboes, 3 violins and continuo (TWV.44:43) in B flat major
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Septet for 3 oboes, 3 violins and continuo (TWV.44:43) in B flat major
Georg Philipp Telemann
Wie ist dein Name so gross! - cantata (Donnerode)
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Wie ist dein Name so gross! - cantata (Donnerode)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Overture (Suite) TWV 55:B1 in B flat major for 2 oboes, strings & b.c.
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Overture (Suite) TWV 55:B1 in B flat major for 2 oboes, strings & b.c.

Overture (Suite) TWV 55:B1 in B flat major for 2 oboes, strings & b.c.

Orchestra
Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra
Conductor
Jaroslaw Thiel
Georg Philipp Telemann
Suite No. 3 in G Major, TWV 43:G4: VII. Lentement
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Suite No. 3 in G Major, TWV 43:G4: VII. Lentement
Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonata Polonaise in A minor for violin, viola and continuo TWV 42
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Sonata Polonaise in A minor for violin, viola and continuo TWV 42
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto in E flat, TWV 54:Es 1 (4th mvt)
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Concerto in E flat, TWV 54:Es 1 (4th mvt)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Suite No. 3 in G Major, TWV 43:G4: II. Légèrement
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Suite No. 3 in G Major, TWV 43:G4: II. Légèrement
Georg Philipp Telemann
Suite No. 3 in G Major, TWV 43:G4: I. Prélude
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Suite No. 3 in G Major, TWV 43:G4: I. Prélude
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto for 3 oboes in B flat major
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Concerto for 3 oboes in B flat major
Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonata in D minor
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Sonata in D minor
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto in D major for trumpet and violin
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Concerto in D major for trumpet and violin
Georg Philipp Telemann
Sinfonia Melodica in C Major, TWV 50:2
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Sinfonia Melodica in C Major, TWV 50:2
Georg Philipp Telemann
Methodical Sonata No 11, TWV 41:d2 (2nd mvt)
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Methodical Sonata No 11, TWV 41:d2 (2nd mvt)

Methodical Sonata No 11, TWV 41:d2 (2nd mvt)

Performer
Anne-Suse Enssle
Reinhard Führer
Georg Philipp Telemann
Fantasia no.11 in G major
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Fantasia no.11 in G major
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto Polonais TWV 43:G4
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Concerto Polonais TWV 43:G4
Georg Philipp Telemann
Trio No 4 (Essercizii Musici)
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Trio No 4 (Essercizii Musici)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Overture in C major, 'Hamburger Ebb' und Fluth'
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Overture in C major, 'Hamburger Ebb' und Fluth'
Georg Philipp Telemann
Alles redet jetzt und singet
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Alles redet jetzt und singet
Georg Philipp Telemann
Conclusion in B flat TWV.50:10 [Tafelmusik, 3eme production]
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Conclusion in B flat TWV.50:10 [Tafelmusik, 3eme production]

Conclusion in B flat TWV.50:10 [Tafelmusik, 3eme production]

Orchestra
Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra
Conductor
Jaroslaw Thiel
Georg Philipp Telemann
Flute Concerto in D major
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Flute Concerto in D major
Georg Philipp Telemann
Overture burlesque in B flat major TWV.55:B8 for strings and continuo
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Overture burlesque in B flat major TWV.55:B8 for strings and continuo
Georg Philipp Telemann
Overture in A minor, TWV 55 a2, Minuet 1 & 2
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Overture in A minor, TWV 55 a2, Minuet 1 & 2
Georg Philipp Telemann
Viola Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G9
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Viola Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G9
Georg Philipp Telemann
Morning (The Times of Day)
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Morning (The Times of Day)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto TWV 51:D2 in D major for transverse flute, strings and bass continuo
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Concerto TWV 51:D2 in D major for transverse flute, strings and bass continuo
Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonata for viola da gamba & basso continuo in A minor
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Sonata for viola da gamba & basso continuo in A minor
Georg Philipp Telemann
Trumpet Concerto in D major
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Trumpet Concerto in D major
Georg Philipp Telemann
Quartet in D minor, TWV.43:d2
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Quartet in D minor, TWV.43:d2

Quartet in D minor, TWV.43:d2

Ensemble
Ensemble of the Eighteenth Century
Conductor
Georg Philipp Telemann
Overture (Suite) in A minor, TWV:55:a2 (Overture)
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Overture (Suite) in A minor, TWV:55:a2 (Overture)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Overture (Suite) in G minor for oboe & basso continuo, TWV.41:g4
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Overture (Suite) in G minor for oboe & basso continuo, TWV.41:g4
Georg Philipp Telemann
Suite in G major, TWV.55:G2, 'La Bizarre'
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Suite in G major, TWV.55:G2, 'La Bizarre'
Georg Philipp Telemann
Overture & Rossignol (Overture (Suite) In G Major Twv.55:G2 "La Bizarre")
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Overture & Rossignol (Overture (Suite) In G Major  Twv.55:G2 "La Bizarre")
Georg Philipp Telemann
Recorder Sonata in D minor
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Recorder Sonata in D minor
Georg Philipp Telemann
Overture in D major, TWV 55 D18 (Ouverture)
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Overture in D major, TWV 55 D18 (Ouverture)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto for 2 recorders in A minor, TWV 52:a2
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Concerto for 2 recorders in A minor, TWV 52:a2
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto in E minor for recorder, transverse flute, strings and continuo
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Concerto in E minor for recorder, transverse flute, strings and continuo
Georg Philipp Telemann
Overture (Suite) in D major 'Darmstadt'
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Overture (Suite) in D major 'Darmstadt'
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto in A minor for Recorder, Viola da Gamba, Strings and Continuo
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Concerto in A minor for Recorder, Viola da Gamba, Strings and Continuo
Georg Philipp Telemann
Fantasia No 10 TWV 40:23 (transposed for cello)
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Fantasia No 10 TWV 40:23 (transposed for cello)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonata for oboe and continuo in B flat major (Essercizii Musici, 1739-40)
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Sonata for oboe and continuo in B flat major (Essercizii Musici, 1739-40)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonata a 4 in A minor, TWV 43:a5
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Sonata a 4 in A minor, TWV 43:a5
Georg Philipp Telemann
"Giovedi" TWV42:Es2 - from "Pyrmonter Kurwoche"
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"Giovedi" TWV42:Es2 - from "Pyrmonter Kurwoche"
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto in A minor for recorder, viola da gamba & orchestra - movements 1-3
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Concerto in A minor for recorder, viola da gamba & orchestra - movements 1-3
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