Georg Philipp Telemann

Fun Facts

  • Almost completely self-taught, Telemann became a composer against his family's wishes.

  • Telemann's works are an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical periods.

  • Though his family had forbidden him to have anything to do with music, Telemann composed an opera in secret when he was twelve.
  • In his later years, Telemann enjoyed gardening and growing exotic plants.

  • Telemann was godfather to J.S. Bach's son, Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach.

  • Of Telemann's more than 3,000 compositions, more than half have been lost, and very few have been performed in recent centuries.

  • Unlike many early composers, Telemann kept exclusive publication rights to his works.

  • Telemann was proficient on many different instruments.

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