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Georg Philipp Telemann

Georg Philipp Telemann (24 March [O.S. 14 March] 1681 – 25 June 1767) (German pronunciation: [ˈteːləman]) 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.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 24th, 1681 (Magdeburg), Died June 25th, 1767 (Hamburg)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CS-88942 12-in. 5/1/1935 Suite no. 1 in A minor American Society of Ancient Instruments ; Ben Stad Instrumental quintet composer  
Victor CS-88943 12-in. 5/1/1935 Suite no. 1 in A minor American Society of Ancient Instruments ; Ben Stad Instrumental quintet composer  
Victor CS-88944 12-in. 5/1/1935 Suite no. 1 in A minor American Society of Ancient Instruments ; Ben Stad Instrumental quintet composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Telemann, Georg Philipp," accessed August 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102562.

Telemann, Georg Philipp. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102562.

"Telemann, Georg Philipp." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102562

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