Georg Philipp Telemann left behind some 23 extant violin concertos and presumably a far greater number of lost ones. Most of them probably originated during his tenure as concertmaster and maestro di cappella at the court of the Duke of Saxe-Eisenach (1708–12) , and thus at a time when German composers were directing their attention to French and increasingly to Italian music.
Although less demanding in their technique (they are well within the reach of amateur orchestras), Telemann’s violin concertos stand alongside Bach’s in their musical content.
The separate sources are drawn from the Urtext of the Telemann Edition and make these four delightful works available to today’s performers.
- First publication in separate scores
- Based on the Urtext from the Telemann Edition
- Also suitable for amateur orchestras