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Georg Philipp Telemann:
About Georg Philipp Telemann


Telemann loved to write. He wrote more pieces of music than any other composer, and he also wrote not one, not two, but THREE autobiographies.

Music heard in this episode:
Telemann: Don Quichotte
Telemann: Tafelmusic: Menuet
Telemann: Concerto in B-flat
Telemann: Der Tag Des Gerichts
Telemann: Trumpet Concerto in D
Telemann: Orpheus
Telemann: Polish Concerto
Telemann: Water Music: Tubulent Aeolus
Telemann: Alster Overture
Telemann: Gigue from Suite in D
Telemann: Don Quichotte
Telemann: Tafelmusic: Menuet
Telemann: Concerto in B-flat
Telemann: Der Tag Des Gerichts
Telemann: Trumpet Concerto in D
Telemann: Orpheus
Telemann: Polish Concerto
Telemann: Water Music: Tubulent Aeolus
Telemann: Alster Overture
Telemann: Gigue from Suite in D

Other shows about Georg Philipp Telemann:
Go for Baroque
Self-Taught Composers
The "Gigue" is Up!

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About Georg Philipp Telemann
3/14/1681 - 6/25/1767
Born in Germany

Georg Philipp Telemann was born in Magdeburg, Germany. He came from a long line of ministers, so everyone expected him to become one, too. But as a kid, he learned to play several musical instruments, and taught himself to compose.

When Telemann went to the university in Leipzig, he was supposed to study law and forget about music. But his music-loving roommate found out that Telemann was a composer, and arranged to have one of his pieces performed. The next thing Telemann knew, he was writing music for the biggest church in town.

For a while, Telemann was a court composer, but eventually he got tired of working for counts and dukes. So he became a municipal music director -- first for the city of Frankfurt, and then for Hamburg, a very important German port.

Unlike many composers, Telemann was famous and appreciated in his day. He was friends with most of his fellow composers, and was godfather to one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sons: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach has his middle name!

See other composers born in Germany

 

This Week's Quiz:

1. What country did Telemann come from?

Germany

Austria

France

Italy

Sweden


2.When Telemann went off to the University of Leipzig, he was not supposed to study any music.

True

False


3. Which composer wrote more pieces of music than any other?

Bach

Beethoven

Telemann

Chopin

Mozart



 

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