Tuesday, January 17, 2023

What Ensemble did both Bach and Telemann Direct?




Newsletter Date: January 17, 2023




Join us on Sunday, January 22, 2:00 pm


The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey Wassail 2023 returns to the orchestra's origins with an exciting "Back to Baroque" concert at The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, New Jersey.


What ensemble did both Johann Sebastian Bach

and Georg Philipp Telemann direct?


Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) lived in Leipzig from 1701-1704. While there studying law, he founded the Collegium Musicum of Leipzig and served as its director.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1680-1750) was in Leipzig from 1723-1750. In Leipzig, he was in charge of music at the four main churches—most notably Thomaskirche—as well as instructor to the students at the school associated with the church.

The position was first offered to Telemann in 1722, but Telemann turned it down, so they accepted Bach. While in Leipzig, Bach served as director of the Collegium Musicum of Leipzig hat had been founded by Telemann over twenty years earlier.

 The Collegium Musicum of Leipzig regularly performed at Zimmermann's Coffeehouse. The ensemble performed operas, cantatas, concertos, and all concert forms of the period.

 While it is difficult to know exactly what was performed at Zimmermann's, it is thought that the composers premiered many of their secular ensemble works at these concerts.

 Bach and Telemann were close friends throughout their lives. Telemann was named godfather to Bach's son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, a successful composer himself.

 For the first half of the concert on January 22, The Baroque Orchestra

will perform works by Bach and Telemann.

Bach's magnificent Concerto for Two Violins will feature soloists

Emily James and Rosalie Dumas.

Telemann's moving Concerto for Flute and Bassoon will feature soloists

Laura Ferraro and Andrew Pecota.



When The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey was founded in 1996, the orchestra primarily played music of the 17th and 18th centuries.

 For our annual Wassail concert this year, we return to that repertoire with music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Franz Joseph Haydnand Joseph Bologne (The Chevalier de Saint-Georges).

 Baroque Orchestra artists will perform in 4 concertos for 2-4 soloists: Alyson Whelan, Aimee Morrill Briant, Emily James, Rosalie Dumas, Laura Ferraro, Andrew Pecota, Janis Kaplan, Nancy Vanderslice, and Lee Doswell.

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