Which Telemann composition(s) would you take with you to the legendary desert island?
This question is difficult to answer and worries me. Since I have to decide, however, because otherwise I would not get to the island, I would choose the D major suite for trumpet and orchestra just mentioned above and also his „Donner Ode“ („Thunder Ode)”.
What would you like to talk about with Telemann over a glass of wine?
First, I would ask him about the argument his mother sought when she wanted to take the “right path” for him. She had security and his financial livelihood in her mind and looked with suspicion at the world of music. I would ask him how that affected him and how he not only resisted this argument but accepted it as well-founded, but, nevertheless, his love for music won.
Then I would ask him what composers he has studied, absorbed, used and appreciated with which impulses and why.
What does Telemann have that other’s do not?
He has a urgent desire that is pushed from his own given world into other areas of the world with the help of music, in a way which I first observed with him.
[Source: Telemann aus Magdeburg. 50 Jahre betont. Program of the Magdeburg Telemann Festival, 9.-18. March 2012, page. 105.]