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Concerto in D Major, TMV 44:1 Sinfonia Spirituosa

Georg Philipp Telemann (b. 1681 - d. 1767)

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Composer
Georg Philipp Telemann (b. 1681 - d. 1767)
Composition Year
1733
Artists
Arcangelo (Sophie Gent, James Toll [violins], Rebecca Jones [viola], Sarah McMahon [cello], Tim Amherst [bass], David Miller [lute], Jonathan Cohen [harpsichord,director]) [baroque ensemble]

Programme Note Writer:
© Norah O' Leary

Born in Magdeburg, Germany on March 14, 1681, Telemann died  at the considerable age of 86 on June 25, 1767 after having spent 56 years in Hamburg. He was considered one of the leading German composers of the time, comparable with both  Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. Unlike Bach, who never broke away from his native region of Saxony and Thuringia, Telemann was a cosmopolitan, drawn towards musical centres like Paris, London, Lisbon and St. Petersberg. His career was one of the longest and most prolific in music history and for over forty years he dominated the bustling music scene in Hamburg. His compositional style rarely exhibits an indepentant streak and accomodates itself to every occasion. From solemn church anthems to rambunctious theater piece, cantatas, concertos, sinfonias and sonatas, his music was aimed at reapping the applause of his contempories rather than creating confusion. Despite this immense output, Telemann was not simply a music machine churning out work after work, following the rules was not a trait associated with him and therefore he rarely strayed far from the forefront of contemporary development. Characteristic of Telemann’s style of writing is taking already existing elements and putting them in new contexts, consequently his works document a gradual progression from the Baroque to Classical Style.

The first movement of Sinfonia Spirituosa in D major fuses the revered Baroque chacconne model with contrasting sections in such a way as to insinuate the sonata form of the Classical era.  The Largo  is in a light aria style of then in vogue opera house, filled with only three contrasting yet elegantly complementary ideas. The work is concluded by an upbeat dance-like finale with rhythmic gestures reminiscent of Neopolitan masters such as Pergolesi and Durante.

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Concerto in D Major, TMV 44:1 Sinfonia Spirituosa

Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann (b. 1681 - d. 1767)
Performance date: Saturday 27th June 2015
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Georg Philipp Telemann (b. 1681 - d. 1767)
Work Title Concerto in D Major, TMV 44:1 Sinfonia Spirituosa
Composition Year 1733
Artist(s) Arcangelo (Sophie Gent, James Toll [violins], Rebecca Jones [viola], Sarah McMahon [cello], Tim Amherst [bass], David Miller [lute], Jonathan Cohen [harpsichord,director]) [baroque ensemble]
Performance Date Saturday 27th June 2015
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:09:00
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Baroque Ensemble
Small Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation 2vn, va, vc, db, lu, hpd
Programme Note Writer © Norah O' Leary

Born in Magdeburg, Germany on March 14, 1681, Telemann died  at the considerable age of 86 on June 25, 1767 after having spent 56 years in Hamburg. He was considered one of the leading German composers of the time, comparable with both  Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. Unlike Bach, who never broke away from his native region of Saxony and Thuringia, Telemann was a cosmopolitan, drawn towards musical centres like Paris, London, Lisbon and St. Petersberg. His career was one of the longest and most prolific in music history and for over forty years he dominated the bustling music scene in Hamburg. His compositional style rarely exhibits an indepentant streak and accomodates itself to every occasion. From solemn church anthems to rambunctious theater piece, cantatas, concertos, sinfonias and sonatas, his music was aimed at reapping the applause of his contempories rather than creating confusion. Despite this immense output, Telemann was not simply a music machine churning out work after work, following the rules was not a trait associated with him and therefore he rarely strayed far from the forefront of contemporary development. Characteristic of Telemann’s style of writing is taking already existing elements and putting them in new contexts, consequently his works document a gradual progression from the Baroque to Classical Style.

The first movement of Sinfonia Spirituosa in D major fuses the revered Baroque chacconne model with contrasting sections in such a way as to insinuate the sonata form of the Classical era.  The Largo  is in a light aria style of then in vogue opera house, filled with only three contrasting yet elegantly complementary ideas. The work is concluded by an upbeat dance-like finale with rhythmic gestures reminiscent of Neopolitan masters such as Pergolesi and Durante.