Composer of the Week: Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
The life and works of Telemann
Baroque composer Telemann was considered the foremost composer his time and had a reputation that even overshadowed that of JS Bach. He wrote innovatively for the church, court, opera house, concert halls and private performances. He was a sharp businessman who geared his art towards prevailing tastes of the day, as well as pushing genres into new territory. In the first of a week of programmes about Telemann’s life and works, Donald Macleod explores the composer’s earliest works, including an early cantata and an orchestral suite that draws on popular characters from the Italian stage tradition of commedia dell’arte.