Fri21Jul2017Sat29Jul2017Seeschloß, Gmunden, Austria
Austria Barock Akademie
Theme 2017: Georg Philipp Telemann - Hamburg
The focus of this year's Academy is on Georg Philipp Telemann, whose 250th year of death we commemorate in 2017 and on the rich musical life of the city of Hamburg in the 17th and 18th century.
After employments in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach and Frankfurt, Telemann was appointed music director of the five Hamburg main churches and tKantor of the Johanneum in 1721, a year later to become the artistic director of the Hamburg Opera at the Gänsemarkt. He thus took over the leading function in one of the most important musical centers of his time.
Until his death in 1767, he lived in Hamburg, composed an immense oeuvre of vocal and instrumental music, and acquired an outstanding international reputation as a composer.
The Hanseatic City of Hamburg was a flourishing and rich cultural city in the 17th and 18th century, with a strong civic commitment. The Oper am Gänsemarkt, founded in 1678, was the first and most important bourgeois-urban theater in the German-speaking world, and church life was also richly endowed. Hamburg's musical significance in this epoch is represented by names as Georg Friedrich Händel, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Reinhard Keiser Johann Philipp Krieger, Johann Mattheson, Johann Wolfgang Franck, Christoph Graupner, and Johann Theile.