Interesting Facts


Prominent artistic personalities comment on their personal relationship to Georg Philipp Telemann.

Paul Dombrecht
Michi Gaigg
Reinhard Goebel
Ludwig Güttler
Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Wolfgang Hirschmann
Felix Koch
Dorothee Oberlinger
Siegfried Pank
Burkhard Schmilgun

Peter Schreier
David Stern

Nikolaus Harnoncourt (artist)

"Telemann was an extremely dynamic personality. Wherever he went, he gave the musical life decisive impulses... Telemann always aimed for novelties in his compositions, he never insisted on a style once accepted as correct but he was always in the front row of the style development.
Because he played a number of string and wind instruments since his early youth, he could adapt his compositions to the technical possibilities of the various instruments very well. Virtuosos happened to see themselves brought into fullest play and liked to perform his works."

[Source: Musik als Klangrede. Wege zu einem neuen Musikverständnis. Salzburg and Vienna 1982]