Interesting Facts


Felix Koch (artist, music pedagogue)

Do you remember your first encounter with Telemann’s music or do you associate a special experience with it?

I had my first encounter with Telemann’s music with about six years at Christmas time. In a broadcasting service in the Christ Church Saarbrücken Telemann’s cantata „Jauchzet, frohlocket, der Himmel ist offen“ („Sing, rejoice – Heaven is open“) was listed at the harmonic worship. My mother was singing, my father playing. I was so fascinated by this music that I’ve listened to the recording of the radio broadcast so many times that I could even sing the opening aria soon and the tape finally quit its job. It was the beginning of a great love for Telemann and his music, which has permanently accompanied and marked me, the son of a recorder player and a singer.

Which Telemann composition(s) would you take with you to the legendary desert island?

The cantata „Du aber, Daniel, gehe hin“, the Ino cantata, the concerto g-major for viola, strings and and basso continuo, the concerti à 7 a minor and f major for 2 recorders, 2 oboe, 2 violins and basso continuo, concerto h minor for flute, strings and basso continuo, concerti for 4 violins (without bass) and many more of his compositions …

What would you like to talk about with Telemann over a glass of wine?

Singing is the fundament for music in all things. The one who composes has to sing to its movements. The one who plays an instrument has to be able to sing. So encourage young people to sing.”
Telemann was in my eyes one of the first music mediators of the time who has made strong efforts to give the population an active part of the musical practice. With his today luckily often used quote of singing being the fundament of all music, Telemann – in today’s media age, in which actively playing music directly competes with many more activities children do already in primary school - is more present than ever. To inspire children and teenagers long-lasting through singing and by playing music together already in kindergarten or primary school! This would be my subject to talk about with Telemann over a glass of wine.

What does Telemann have that other’s do not?

Telemann understood like almost no other composer to compose for all strata of society. He always had his finger on the pulse of the times and knew the needs of his audience.
Telemann knew how to compose for professional musicians and for the musical bourgeoisie, who were music lovers, on the same time, like he did is with „Kleine Cammer-Music” or the „Getreuen Music-Meister”. He composed music on the highest musical level that „a beginner can use to practice and a virtuoso can make himself hear”.

[Source: Telemann aus Magdeburg. 50 Jahre betont. Program of the Magdeburg Telemann Festival, 9.-18. March 2012, page. 56.]