The concert I chose to attend is the “Rutgers Baroque Players: A Musical Banquet for the Telemann Year”. This event is taking place on December 4th, 2017 at the Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The concert description describes it as “Instrumental and vocal music of Georg Philipp Telemann played on period instruments in honor of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death.” Georg Telemann is a German composer that was born on March 14th, 1861. He is most famously known for his works towards the end of the Baroque Era. His pieces, such as “12 Fantasias for Solo Violin” contained Baroque elements such as the use of string instruments, but also contained elements that gave way to the Classical Era. The music of Telemann resembles the music of other famous Baroque composers that were around during this time such as Vivaldi. He is mentioned in the same sentence as them when talking about the greatest composers of the Baroque Era. One thing pertaining to this concert that I am interested to see is how enjoyable it will be. I have previously attended a concert including musical pieces from Vivaldi and I ended up liking it. I went into the concert with a negative attitude because I was forced to attend this concert for another music class. Upon sitting and listening to the music, I can honestly say I enjoyed myself. The music was relaxing and enjoyable to listen to. I am curious to see whether I will enjoy this concert, but I believe that I will be able to. Telemann is from the same era as Vivaldi and upon listening to some of Telemann’s work, I believe this will be a great experience for me. Another thing that I am interested to see is how the concert is structured. Sadly, on June 25, 1767 Mr. Telemann passed away. The concert is described as an event honoring the 250th anniversary of his death. I am interested in seeing whether it will be just music or people talking between pieces and helping us truly understand the legacy of Telemann. All in all, I believe that this concert will be a unique experience that I will enjoy.
Steven Zohn. “Telemann, Georg Philipp.” Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, accessed December 4, 2017, http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/subscriber/article/grove/music/27635.