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
Psalm 6: Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht (Es mussen alle meine Feinde)
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Psalm 6: Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht (Es mussen alle meine Feinde)

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Georg Philipp Telemann
Suite in G minor 'La Musette', TWV.55:g1
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Suite in G minor 'La Musette', TWV.55:g1
Georg Philipp Telemann
Heilig, heilig ist Gott, TWV 2:6, Machet die Tore weit
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Heilig, heilig ist Gott, TWV 2:6, Machet die Tore weit
Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonata in F minor for recorder, violin and continuo TWV.42:f2
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Sonata in F minor for recorder, violin and continuo TWV.42:f2
Georg Philipp Telemann
Fantasia No. 3 in B minor
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Fantasia No. 3 in B minor
Georg Philipp Telemann
Trio No 4 (Essercizii Musici)
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Trio No 4 (Essercizii Musici)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Overture in D major, TWV 55 D19 (1st mvt)
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Overture in D major, TWV 55 D19 (1st mvt)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonata in A major for violin and continuo TWV.41:A4 [Tafelmusik, 2e production]
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Sonata in A major for violin and continuo TWV.41:A4 [Tafelmusik, 2e production]
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto Polonais TWV 43:G4
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Concerto Polonais TWV 43:G4
Georg Philipp Telemann
Suite Burlesque de Quixotte
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Suite Burlesque de Quixotte
Georg Philipp Telemann
Fantasia in E major (1st mvt)
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Fantasia in E major (1st mvt)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Divertimento in A major, TWV 50 22 (1st mvt)
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Divertimento in A major, TWV 50 22 (1st mvt)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Psalm 6: Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht (Es mussen alle meine Feinde)
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Psalm 6: Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht (Es mussen alle meine Feinde)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto in D Major, TWV.54:D3
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Concerto in D Major, TWV.54:D3
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto for 3 oboes, 3 violins, continuo, TWV44:43
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Concerto for 3 oboes, 3 violins, continuo, TWV44:43
Georg Philipp Telemann
Trio no 1 for recorder, oboe & basso continuo - from Essercizii Musici
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Trio no 1 for recorder, oboe & basso continuo - from Essercizii Musici
Georg Philipp Telemann
Conclusion in E minor for 2 flutes, strings and continuo TWV 50:e5 [Tafelmusik - 1st production]
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Conclusion in E minor for 2 flutes, strings and continuo TWV 50:e5 [Tafelmusik - 1st production]
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto for 4 Violins in G major TWV40, 201
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Concerto for 4 Violins in G major TWV40, 201
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes & bassoon in D, TWV54.D3: Vivace
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Concerto for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes & bassoon in D, TWV54.D3: Vivace
Georg Philipp Telemann
Trio No 7 (Essercizii Musici)
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Trio No 7 (Essercizii Musici)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Paris Quartet no. 9 in G major TWV.43:G4 (Lentement)
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Paris Quartet no. 9 in G major TWV.43:G4 (Lentement)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto in D major for trumpet and violin (3rd mvt)
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Concerto in D major for trumpet and violin (3rd mvt)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Trio Sonata in D minor TWV 42:d10
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Trio Sonata in D minor TWV 42:d10
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto for 2 chalumeaux and strings in D minor (c.1728)
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Concerto for 2 chalumeaux and strings in D minor (c.1728)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto in D minor for two chalumeaux and strings
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Concerto in D minor for two chalumeaux and strings
Georg Philipp Telemann
Intrada; Brobdingnag Gigue; Lilliput Chaconne (Gulliver Suite)
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Intrada; Brobdingnag Gigue; Lilliput Chaconne (Gulliver Suite)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Quadro for 2 violins, viola & continuo in B flat major
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Quadro for 2 violins, viola & continuo in B flat major
Georg Philipp Telemann
Trio Sonata No. 10 in A Minor, TWV 42:a4
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Trio Sonata No. 10 in A Minor, TWV 42:a4
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto for 3 Violins, TWV 53:F1
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Concerto for 3 Violins, TWV 53:F1

Concerto for 3 Violins, TWV 53:F1

Orchestra
Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra
Conductor
Jaroslaw Thiel
Georg Philipp Telemann
Trumpet Concerto in D
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Trumpet Concerto in D
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 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
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
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