Thursday, March 23, 2006

Georg Phillip Backstabbing Telemann

According to Wikipedia, the baroque composer Georg Phillip Telemann played the bass trombone, among other instruments.

Telemann wrote a huge amount of music for just about every instrument imaginable. His viola concerto in G is one of my most favorite baroque pieces ever. Likewise his trumpet concerto in D.

For many years he held down a job that required him to write two cantatas for every Sunday, plus holidays. Telemann was so prolific, I'm sure he must have been writing with both hands simultaneously, with an apprentice shoving a new blank page underneath as soon as he filled one up.

But in his long musical life did he ever bother to write a trombone concerto?

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