Georg Philipp Telemanns Hamburger Kirchenmusik und ihre Aufführungsbedingungen (1721-1767)
From 1721 until his death in 1767 Georg Philipp Telemann was Musical Director and Cantor in Hamburg and thus responsible for the church music in the Hanseatic city’s five principal churches. Using these as a case study, Jürgen Neubacher examines organisational and official structures, relations between musicians, performance conditions and instrumentation practice.
An evaluation of previously unknown sources offers a new perspective on music in Hamburg, on the spatial, financial and personal factors involved, and on the activities of the Cantor and others. Central to the study are questions of performance practice including the setting of vocal music for soloists or several voices, the use of falsettists, boy trebles and occasionally female voices, the dual accompaniment, the composition of instrumental groups, and the tuning and pitch of keyboard instruments.
The comprehensive appendix of source material includes all traceable statements of costs for and lists of participants in Hamburg’s church and festival music under Telemann’s directorship, an overview of surviving original voice settings with detains of the performance year, scale and recorder, and a comprehensive biographical listing (of instrumantalists, singers, composers, instrument-makers, copyists, students etc.).
Due to ist relevance for musical and institutional history, sociology and biography, and to ist source-based methodology the volume promises a vast amount of new information not only for students of Telemann but also for those interested in regional (music) history, and the function, performance and organisation of Protestant church music in Central and Northern Europe.