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Georg Philipp Telemann

Georg Philipp Telemann (14 March 1681 – 25 June 1767) was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self. taught inmusic, he became a composer against his family's wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered the University ofLeipzig to study law, but eventually settled on a career in music. He held important positions in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach, and Frankfurt before settling inHamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of the city's five main churches. While Telemann's career prospered, his personal life was alway ...read more

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

Telemann was and still is one of the most prolific composers in history (at least in terms of surviving oeuvre) and was considered by his contemporariesto be one of the leading German composers of the time—he was compared favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann thegodfather and namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to George Frideric Handel, whom Telemann also knew personally. Telemann's musicincorporates several national styles (French, Italian) and is even at times influenced by Polish popular music. He remained at the forefront of all newmusical tendencies and his music is an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical styles. « hide

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