Georg Philipp Telemann 1681–1767

When the 250th anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann's death comes around in 2017, the world of music will pay its respects to an outstanding and in many ways special composer. Since 1953 Bärenreiter have been publishing the “Georg Philipp Telemann Musical Works”, a scholarly-critical edition of selected works from his extensive oeuvre. This series has been path-breaking for the modern reception of his music.

If Telemann was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the greatest of all composers, his star, faced with the overwhelming presence of Bach and Handel, paled in the course of the 19th century to the verge of contempt. This assessment changed radically during the course of the last century. Through the systematic exploration of his music, Telemann, once considered purely an instrumental composer, has emerged into a highly cultivated, culturally well-connected and enormously versatile artistic personality who left an indelible mark on the musical life of his time. Again and again we discover an individual approach in his works that seems to abandon the musical conventions of his day, both large and small.

There is hardly a genre of his era to which Telemann did not make a contribution. Many of the sonatas, concertos, songs, cantatas, psalms, oratorios and operas in the “Telemann Musical Works” are now available from Bärenreiter as performance material. We invite you to delve into his oeuvre and to discover the delightful alternatives to his standard repertoire.