A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Georg Philipp Telemann

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March 14, 1681: Georg Philipp Telemann is born in a house near the Heilig-Geist-Kirche in Magdeburg, Brandenburg-Prussia, the son of Heinrich Telemann, deacon at the church, and Maria Haltmeier, daughter of a Lutheran clergyman. (neither the house nor the church still stand)
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January 11, 1753: Johann Joachim Quantz, in Berlin, writes to Georg Philipp Telemann in Hamburg. He thanks Telemann for his kind words about Quantz’s Versuch einer Anweisung die Flöte traversiere zu spielen. Quantz acknowledges the great value of the music of Telemann and Handel.
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August 30, 1753: Two works by Georg Philipp Telemann (72) to words of Dreyer are performed for the first time, in Hamburg: the oratorio Fürchtet den Herrn und dienet ihm treulich, and the serenade Die Zeiten, die so schnell verfliessen .
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October 1, 1753: Oden mit Melodien is published in Berlin. It is a very influential collection of songs by some of the foremost composers in Germany, including Georg Philipp Telemann (72), Johann Gottlieb Graun (50), Carl Heinrich Graun (49), and CPE Bach (39).
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August 29, 1754: Two works by Georg Philipp Telemann (73) with words possibly by Bueck, are performed for the first time, in Hamburg: the oratorio Sing Ehre! and the serenata Wirbelt, ihr Trommeln .
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September 9, 1754: The cantata Nun ist das Heil TWV 1: 1171 by Georg Philipp Telemann (73) to words of Mayer, is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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September 20, 1754: George Frideric Handel (69) writes to Georg Philipp Telemann (73) that the rumors of his death are untrue.
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October 8, 1754: Georg Philipp Telemann’s (73) cantata Habe acht auf dich selbst is performed for the first time, at the consecration of Joachim Lütken as preacher in St. Maria Magdalena, Hamburg.
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December 25, 1754: The cantata Was frag ich nach der Welt TWV I: 508 by Georg Philipp Telemann (73) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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March 19, 1755: Two oratorios by Georg Philipp Telemann (74) are performed for the first time, in Hamburg: Betrachtung der neunten Stunde an dem Todestag Jesu, to words of Zimmermann, and Der Tod Jesu, to words of Ramler.
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June 15, 1755: Georg Philipp Telemann’s (74) cantata Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier is performed for the first time, for the consecration of Johann Melchior Goeze as head-pastor of St. Catherine’s, Hamburg.
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August 28, 1755: Two works by Georg Philipp Telemann (74) to words of Schelhaffer and Richey are performed for the first time, in Hamburg: the oratorio Danket dem Herrn and the serenata Ihr rüstigen Wächter.
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September 4, 1755: Georg Philipp Telemann’s (74) cantata O Jerusalem! is performed for the first time, for the consecration of Julius Gustav Alberti as deacon of St. Catherine’s, Hamburg.
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October 5, 1755: Holder Friede dich zu küssen, a cantata by Georg Philipp Telemann (74), is performed for the first time, in St. Peter’s, Hamburg, for the 200th anniversary of the Augusburg Confession.
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December 25, 1755: The cantata Siehe, ich verkündige euch TWV I: 1333 by Georg Philipp Telemann (74) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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January 1, 1756: The cantata Alles, was ihr tut TWV I: 69 by Georg Philipp Telemann (74) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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March 25, 1756: The cantata Jauchzet ihr Himmel TWV 1: 958 by Georg Philipp Telemann (75) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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August 26, 1756: Two works by Georg Philipp Telemann (75) are performed for the first time, in Hamburg: the oratorio Wohl dem Volk, das Jauchzen kann and the serenata Rast, Lärminde Trommeln .
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September 21, 1756: Georg Philipp Telemann’s (75) cantata Opfere Gott dank is performed for the first time, for the consecration of Johann Gerhard Sucksdorf as preacher in St. Maria Magdalena, Hamburg.
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September 29, 1756: The cantata Lobet den Herrn, ihr seine Engel TWV 1: 1063 by Georg Philipp Telemann (75) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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October 10, 1756: Georg Philipp Telemann’s (75) Donner-Ode, to words of Cramer, is performed for the first time, in St. Catherine’s, Hamburg.
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October 26, 1756: Two works by Georg Philipp Telemann (75), to words of Richey, are performed for the first time, in Hamburg: the cantata Der Herr hat Grosses an uns getan and the serenata Edle krone grauer Haare .
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December 25, 1756: The cantata Ehre sey Gott in der Höhe TWV I: 411 by Georg Philipp Telemann (75) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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January 1, 1757: The cantata Wiewohl er Gottes Sohn war TWVI: 1648 by Georg Philipp Telemann (75) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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March 31, 1757: De danske, norske og tydske undersaatters glaede, a cantata for the birthday of King Frederik V of Denmark by Georg Philipp Telemann (76), is performed for the first time, in Christaneum, Altona.
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June 14, 1757: Cantate zur Einweihung der kleinen Michaelskirche in Hamburg by Georg Philipp Telemann (76) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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August 1, 1757: Halleluja, amen, Lob und Ehr und Weisheit und Dank, Cantate auf Dankfest Wegen des Sieges bei Lowoschütz, by Georg Philipp Telemann (76) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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September 29, 1757: The cantata Welch Getrümmel erschüttert TWV 1: 1546 by Georg Philipp Telemann (76) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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December 25, 1757: The cantata Tönet die Freude TWV I: 1410 by Georg Philipp Telemann (76) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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January 1, 1758: The cantata Gefährten zum Ewgen TWV I: 590 by Georg Philipp Telemann (76) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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September 6, 1758: Georg Philipp Telemann’s (77) cantata Hilf deinen Volk is performed for the first time, for the installation of Johann Dieterich Winckler as priest in St. Nicolai, Hamburg.
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September 29, 1758: The cantatas Welch Getrümmel erschüttert TWV 1: 558 and Sing Dank und Ehr TWV 1: 1341 by Georg Philipp Telemann (77) are performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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November 27, 1758: Two works by Georg Philipp Telemann (77), to words of Richey, are performed for the first time, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Mattfield couple, Hamburg: the cantata Entbrannter andecht helle Flammen and the serenata Sanfter Balsam, süsser Friede .
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December 25, 1758: The cantata Es jauchzen die Engel TWV I: 517 by Georg Philipp Telemann (77) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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March 29, 1759: Two oratorios by Georg Philipp Telemann (78) are performed for the first time, in the Drillhaus, Hamburg: Der Messias to words of Klopstock, and Das befreite Israel to words of Zacharias.
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May 2, 1759: So träufelt, ihr Himmel, a cantata by Georg Philipp Telemann (78), is performed for the first time, for the installation of Christian Adolf Fiebing as priest in the Waisenhaus, Hamburg.
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August 30, 1759: Two works by Georg Philipp Telemann (78) are performed for the first time, in Hamburg: the oratorio Herr, unser Gott!, and the serenata Wir dienen der Freiheit .
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December 25, 1759: The cantata Hier schläft es TWV I: 797 by Georg Philipp Telemann (78) to words of Ramler, is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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April 28, 1760: Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu, a sacred oratorio by Georg Philipp Telemann (79) to words of Ramler, is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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August 11, 1760: Der Herr behüte dich, a cantata by Georg Philipp Telemann (79), is performed for the first time, for the installation of Berthold Nicolaus Krohn as priest in St. Maria Magdalena, Hamburg.
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September 18, 1760: Two works by Georg Philipp Telemann (79) to words of Paulli are performed for the first time, in Hamburg: the oratorio Herr, du bist gerecht and the serenata Wir nähren, wir zieren .
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September 29, 1760: The cantata Lob Ehr und Preis TWV 1: 1057 by Georg Philipp Telemann (79) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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October 16, 1760: Dienet dem Herrn mit Freuden, a cantata by Georg Philipp Telemann (79), is performed for the first time, for the installation of Friedrich August Selle as priest at Döse Amt, Ritzebüttel.
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November 19, 1760: Lieber König, du bist tot TWV 4: 15, a funeral cantata in honor of King George II of Great Britain by Georg Philipp Telemann (79), is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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December 25, 1760: The cantata Auf Zion TWV 1: 109 by Georg Philipp Telemann (79) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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January 1, 1761: The cantata Schaue Zion die Stadt TWV 1:1242 by Georg Philipp Telemann (79) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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April 13, 1761: Die Auferstehung, a sacred oratorio by Georg Philipp Telemann (80) to words of Zachariae, is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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July 2, 1761: The cantata Wohl dem Volk, das jauchzen kann TWV 1: 1710 by Georg Philipp Telemann (80) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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August 27, 1761: Freuet euch des Herrn, an oratorio by Georg Philipp Telemann (80), is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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November 3, 1761: Two works by Georg Philipp Telemann (80) are performed for the first time, in Hamburg: the serenata Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit des Camacho to words of Schiebeler, and the oratorio Der friedliche Krieg.
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November 5, 1761: Don Quichotte, der Löwenritter, an opera by Georg Philipp Telemann (80) to words of Schiebeler, is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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January 1, 1762: The cantata Jauchze du Tochter Zion TWV 1: 950 by Georg Philipp Telemann (80) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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March 5, 1762: Der Tag des Gerichts, a sacred oratorio by Georg Philipp Telemann (80) to words of Alers, is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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April 26, 1762: Donnerode, part 2, a sacred oratorio by Georg Philipp Telemann (81) to words of Cramer, is performed for the first time, in the Drillhaus, Hamburg.
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October 19, 1762: Komm wieder, Herr, a cantata by Georg Philipp Telemann (81), is performed for the first time, for the consecration of the rebuilt St. Michael’s Church, Hamburg.
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May 15, 1763: The cantata Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille by Georg Philipp Telemann (82) is performed for the first time, in the Hörsaal of the Gymnasium, Hamburg.
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January 1, 1764: The cantata Singet um einander TWV 1: 1347 by Georg Philipp Telemann (83) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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April 25, 1764: A special service in memory of Johann Mattheson is held in Hamburg. Bells toll for two and a half hours in all the major churches of the town. All city dignitaries attend. The town cantor, Georg Philipp Telemann (83), conducts Mattheson’s Das fröliche sterbelied . It was composed four years ago specifically for this occasion.
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May 22, 1764: Dass wir nach gedämpften kriegen, an oratorio by Georg Philipp Telemann (83) to honor the election of Crown Prince Joseph as King of the Romans, is performed for the first time, in St. John’s, Hamburg.
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August 30, 1764: Two works by Georg Philipp Telemann (83) to words of Paulli are performed for the first time, in Hamburg: the oratorio Der Herr, Zebaoth ist mit uns and the serenata Trompeten und Hörner erschallet.
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September 29, 1764: The cantata Michael, wer ist wie Gott TWV 1: 1136 by Georg Philipp Telemann (83) is performed for the first time, in Hamburg.
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February 14, 1765: Kirchenmusik zur Vermählung Kaiser Joseph d. II und Josepha by Georg Philipp Telemann (83) to words of Zimmermann is performed for the first time, in the Johanneskirche, Hamburg.
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May 2, 1765: Die heilige Freude, an eines Lehrers Hand, a cantata by Georg Philipp Telemann (84), is performed for the first time, for the installation of Rütger Höpfer as priest in the Pesthof, Hamburg.
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October 6, 1765: Wie ist der Held gefallen, an oratorio by Georg Philipp Telemann (84), is performed for the first time, to mourn the death of Emperor Franz I.
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March 4, 1766: Erscheine, Gott der Ehre, a cantata by Georg Philipp Telemann (84) is performed for the first time, for the consecration of G.L. Herrnschmid as pastor of St. Michael’s, Hamburg.
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May 4, 1766: Gottes Wort und Luthers Lehr, a cantata by Georg Philipp Telemann (85), is performed for the first time, for the installation of Georg Ludwig Herrnschmid as priest in St. Michael’s, Hamburg.
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November 13, 1766: Wie lieblich sind auf den Bergen, a cantata by Georg Philipp Telemann (85) for the installation of Johann Heinrich Daniel Moldenhaur as priest in Hamburg Cathedral, is performed for the first time, in a Hamburg concert hall. The actual performance was postponed until today because of the death of Emperor Franz I.
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June 25, 1767: 2100 Georg Philipp Telemann dies at his home "auf den Hohen Bleichen" in Hamburg, free city of the Holy Roman Empire, of a “severe chest sickness”, aged 86 years, three months, and eleven days.
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June 29, 1767: The mortal remains of Georg Philipp Telemann are laid to rest in St. John’s Churchyard, Hamburg.
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October 20, 1767: The first ballot to fill Georg Philipp Telemann’s (†0) position in Hamburg is inconclusive.
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November 3, 1767: On the second ballot, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (53) is chosen to succeed his godfather, Georg Philipp Telemann (†0) as musical director for the five principal churches in Hamburg. Bach receives twelve votes, Christian Friedrich Rolle of Magdeburg receives eleven.
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November 6, 1767: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (53) is officially appointed musical director of the five principal churches in Hamburg. He succeeds Telemann (†0). Bach will not arrive to take up his post until next March.