Musicology Department

Spring 2011 course

MUS-M502 Georg Philipp Telemann

Tuesday and Thursday, 1-2:15 PM

Prof. Daniel R. Melamed

A survey of musical style and genre in the middle of the eighteenth century seen through the music of the most famous and successful composer of his time, Georg Philipp Telemann. We'll look at vocal and instrumental music and at aspects of musical life, concentrating on analysis for insight into the stylistic language and conventions of the time. We will spend a week or two each on opera, oratorio, passion settings (poetic and gospel), church cantatas, motets and other sacred music, ouverture suites, concertos, and sonatas. We will get an overview of Telemann's output and an understanding of the range of professional and amateur music making in the eighteenth century.
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