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Georg Philipp Telemann:
Go for Baroque

Georg Philipp Telemann composed during the Baroque period, which ran from about 1600 to 1750. Suzanne Bona, host of the National Public Radio program Sunday Baroque, talks with Naomi Lewin about Baroque music.

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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!

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This Week's Quiz:

1. The word BAROQUE comes from a Portugese word for a misshapen, swirly pearl.



2.Which of the following composers did NOT write Baroque music?






3. Which instrument is NOT used in Baroque music?







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