Georg Philipp Telemann (14 March 1681 – 25 June 1767) (German pronunciation: [ˈteːləman]) was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family's wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually settled on a career in music. He held important positions in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach, and Frankfurt before settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of the city's five main churches. While Telemann's career prospered, his personal life was always troubled: his first wife died only a few months after their marriage, and his second wife had extramarital affairs and accumulated a large gambling debt before 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 contemporaries to be one of the leading German composers of the time—he was compared favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann the godfather and namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to George Frideric Handel, whom Telemann also knew personally. Telemann's music incorporates several national styles (French, Italian) and is even at times influenced by Polish popular music. He remained at the forefront of all new musical tendencies and his music is an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical styles.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Sound the Trumpet! (The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields feat. conductor: Sir Neville Marriner, trumpets: Don Smithers & Michael Laird) Telemann, Purcell, Gabrielli 1
Virtuoso Trumpet Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Telemann, Purcell, Rimsky-Korsakov 2

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Ouvertûre "La Bourse" - Suiten (Il Fondamento) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2009 Festliche Tafelmusik Albinoni, Bach, Händel, Telemann, Vivaldi; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Sir Neville Marriner, Karl Münchinger 1
2009 Lust und Vergnügen Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2013 Telemann: 12 Fantasias Georg Philipp Telemann; Dorothee Oberlinger 1
Baroque Telemann 9 - Concertos & sonatas Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Concerto no. 3 / Quartet no. 6 / "Tafel Musik" / Trio Sonata Jean-Philippe Rameau & Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Don Quixote (Leningrad Orchestra feat. conductor: Lazar Gozman) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Don Quixote Suite Georg Philipp Telemann 1
LMM 107-23 - Concertos pour flûte à bec Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Tafelmusik Part I (cont) Part II (begin) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Twelve Fantasias For Flute Without Bass Georg Philipp Telemann; Claire Guimond 1

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