Sechs späte Kirchenmusiken (Six Late Church Music Pieces) (Full Score, hardback)

Telemann, Georg Philipp

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Telemann Sechs späte Kirchenmusiken (Six Late Church Music Pieces) (Full Score, hardback)

For the first time, examples of church music from Telemann's late creative period, which arguably is marked above all by the great concert oratorios, have been edited and are presented in the “Telemann Complete Works”, volume 61.  Included are six compositions from the years 1759 to 1762 which were written for Ascension Day, the 1st day of Easter, the 1st day of Whitsuntide and Michaelmas, supplemented by the ode "Die Begnadigung", which was performed in 1762 on the 19th Sunday after Trinity as church music after the sermon.  In addition, Telemann's melody and the six-verse text were printed in the journal "Unterhaltungen" in 1766.

The compositions presented in the volume do not follow a uniform formal scheme; each demonstrates a special form.  Representative and spaciously scored four-part dictum settings alternate with expressive accompagnato recitatives, sentimental arias and duets and sometimes several chorale stanzas.  The instrumentation of important movements with trumpets can be attributed to festive occasions, which required a brilliant sound.  All of the settings are marked by Telemann's typical and precise interpretation of the text.

Two of the texts were written by Daniel Schiebeler and two by Johann Joachim Eschenburg, a friend of Lessing's.  It is highly probable that the editor can attribute another text to Schiebeler.  However, the poet of the Whitsuntide piece "Komm, Geist des Herrn" who included three verses of the song paraphrase "Komm heiliger Geist" by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock in his poem cannot yet be named.

Apart from the scores, this volume contains the complete texts, facsimiles from the musical sources, a detailed Foreword (Ger/Eng) and a Critical Commentary (Ger).

- Georg Philipp Telemann Musical Works Vol.61

Reipsch, Ralph-Jürgen
Baerenreiter Germany


  1. Er kam, lobsingt ihm TVWV 1:462, Himmelfahrt 1759 [Telemann, Georg Philipp]
  2. Komm, Geist des Herrn TVWV 1:999, 1. Pfingsttag 1759 [Telemann, Georg Philipp]
  3. Trauret, ihr Himmel TVWV 1:1414, 1. Ostertag 1760 [Telemann, Georg Philipp]
  4. Er neigte den Himmel TVWV 1:467, Himmelfahrt 1762 [Telemann, Georg Philipp]
  5. Die Begnadigung. Kaum wag ich es, dir, Richter, mich zu nahen TVWV 1:992, 19. Sonntag nach Trinitatis 1762 [Telemann, Georg Philipp]
  6. Dich rühmen die Welten TVWV 1:329, Michaelis 1762 [Telemann, Georg Philipp]

Additional Information

Baroque Period
Mixed Voices