Master Telemann – Always in Fashion
Effervescent chamber music by Telemann
Hanna Haapamäki, recorder and traverso
Anna Rainio, violin
Maija Lampela, viola da gamba
Laura Ollberg, harpsichord
As the visit by a Mallorcan ensemble was moved to the spring 2020, instead, Kalasatama and Kaarela will now enjoy music by Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), who was popular already during his lifetime.
Already when he was ten years old, Telemann from Germany could play e.g. the flute, the violin, and keyboard instruments. Around the same time, he wrote his first compositions, and when he was twelve, his first opera. When he grew up, Georg Philipp started studying law at Leipzig University, as his mother had wished. He was determined to make his mother’s dream come true, and therefore he left all his instruments in his childhood home. Despite this, Telemann continued composing and hid his manuscripts in his dorm room.
When Telemann’s musical career finally had really taken off, he was first appointed music director of five churches in Hamburg, and later director of the Hamburg Opera.
Telemann was curious and open to the different Baroque styles and to folk music. He experimented bravely and combined musical influences from all over Europe in his compositions. Telemann loved catchy and engaging melodies that were easy for the audience to follow. He soon did become known for his easily understandable music, which made Telemann one of Germany’s leading composers in the 18th century. Telemann’s production includes e.g. over 40 operas, oratorios, hundreds of cantatas, sacred and secular music, orchestral music, and an abundance of chamber music. Telemann also published his own manuscripts himself and did the engravings for the cover pages of his compositions.
Duration: 1 h (no intermission)
The events in the series Baroque in the Kalasatama Night will be filmed, and the material will be used for marketing and communication in various channels by the city of Helsinki.