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Georg Philipp Telemann
(1681 - 1767) Germany

Georg Philipp Telemann



Telemann was born at Magdeburg and educated at the University of Leipzig, where he founded the University Collegium Musicum and was the city council's preferred candidate for the position of Thomas Cantor in 1723, when Bach was eventually appointed.

Telemann had established himself in Hamburg in 1721 as Cantor (composer, organist and conductor) of the Johanneum and director of music for the five principal city churches. He remained in Hamburg until his death in 1767, when he was succeeded by his godson, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, son of Johann Sebastian Bach.

In his long career Telemann wrote a great deal of music of all kinds in a style that extends the late Baroque into the age of Haydn. He produced operas, over 600 church cantatas, and other vocal and instrumental works.


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