Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 1767) was a German
Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost
completely self-taught in music, he became a composer
against his family's wishes. After studying in
Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered
the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually
settled on a career in music. He held important
positions in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach, and Frankfurt
before settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became
musical director of the city's five main churches.
While Telemann's career prospered, his personal life
was always troubled: his first wife died only a few
months after their marriage, and his second wife had
extramarital affairs and accumulated a large gambling
debt before leaving Telemann.
Telemann was one of the most prolific composers in
history (at least in terms of surviving oeuvre) and was
considered by his contemporaries to be one of the
leading German composers of the timehe was compared
favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who
made Telemann the godfather and namesake of his son
Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to George Frideric Handel,
whom Telemann also knew personally. Telemann's music
incorporates several national styles (French, Italian)
and is even at times influenced by Polish popular
music. He remained at the forefront of all new musical
tendencies and his music is an important link between
the late Baroque and early Classical styles.
Gott der Hoffnung erfülle euch ("May the god of hope
fill you"), BWV 218, is a church cantata, formerly
credited to Johann Sebastian Bach, for Whit Sunday,
composed in Eisenach in 1717 by Georg Philipp Telemann,
with text by Erdmann Neumeister.
I created this arrangement of the closing Chorale:
"Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist" (Come, God
Creator, Holy Spirit) for Flute, Oboe & Strings (2
Violins, Viola & Cello).