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Bamberg Symphony's baroque soloists' ensemble plays Telemann

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Konzerthalle Bamberg: Joseph Keilberth SaalMußstr. 1, Bamberg, Bavaria, 96047, Germany
On Monday 11 November 2019 at 20:00

A tribute to the famous baroque master! With several thousand works covering a vast range of musical genres, Telemann was one of the most productive composers in music history. It is hard to believe that following his death in 1767, he was forgotten for almost two centuries. In this chamber concert, our baroque soloists will transport you into the world of the flourishing 18th century – a time without cinema and radio, let alone television or the internet. This was the time of powdered wigs and sophisticated celebrations, where music had a social role to play. The courts employed their own composers and orchestras. Musicians were grateful to get these positions – if they did not, they ran the risk of unemployment. This was obviously also what worried Telemann’s family, for whom a musician was akin to a “jester, tightrope walker, minstrel” or a “marmot trainer”. They wanted Telemann to become a lawyer instead, and so he never had regular music lessons and had to teach himself several instruments. Born in Magdeburg, he later worked in Leipzig, Frankfurt and then in Hamburg, where he remained for the rest of his life, helping to shape the city’s vibrant music culture. Telemann wrote a well-nigh overwhelming number of instrumental works for very different groups of instruments – including a very popular collection of “Tafelmusiken”, “music for the table”: here, the musicians provided a suitable musical backdrop to the aristocracy’s lavish banquets. But of course these pieces are far more than mere background music. There are many more works to discover in our concert’s fascinating musical gallery – for example the chamber music settings of some episodes from the novel “Gulliver’s Travels”.

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