Water Music by Georg Philipp Telemann

Title: Water Music
Date: 1723
Era: Baroque

Water Music is an orchestral suite by Telemann. The piece is composed over 10 movements and celebrated the centennial anniversary of the Hamburg Admiralty when it was performed on 6 April 1723. Telemann drew on the location of Hamburg as a successful port on the river Elbe and illustrated the piece with mythological water deities to give the nautical theme more depth.

Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann
Born: 14 March 1681, Magdeburg, Germany
Nationality: German
Died: 25 June 1767, Hamburg, Germany

Telemann was a composer and multi-instrumentalist. He became a composer against his family’s wishes and was almost self-educated musically. Before settling in Hamburg in 1721 as a musical director of the city’s five main churches, he held important positions in Leipzig, Eisenach, and Frankfurt. He is one of the most prolific composers in history and considered to be one of the leading composers of the time.

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