If I could at least bring an iPod, it should contain the complete recording of the „Tafelmusik”. So I have a reminder of our European culture while I eat the exotic island plants.
What would you like to talk about with Telemann over a glass of wine?
About the whine? Better not about growing tulpits since I have no idea of it and he does the better.
Then I would ask him if he could ever have imagined that Johann Sebastian Bach today is more famous than he. He could finally tell me what he really composed and what was foisted on him as plagiarism (if he can still remember). After a view glasses I would want to find out what went wrong in his second marriage. And maybe I could commission another concert for recorder …
What does Telemann have that other’s do not?
Leggerezza, entertainment value, depht, wit, enormous stylistic variation and manual skills at the same time.
[Source: Telemann aus Magdeburg. 50 Jahre betont. Program of the Magdeburg Telemann Festival, 9.-18. March 2012, page. 128.]