Georg Philipp Telemann
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Telemann was the most prolific composers in musical history with over 3,000 compositions to his name. He was mostly self-taught and became a composer against his family’s wishes. He was friends with both Bach and Handel.
Telemann was a BAROQUE composer born in the city of Magdeburg, then the capital of the Duchy of Magdeburg, Brandenburg-Prussia and today part of Germany:
Telemann’s music incorporates several national styles such as French, Italian, German and even Polish popular music.
A Rigaudon is a lively French style baroque dance dating back to the 17th century. It became popular as a court dance during the reign of King Louis XIV where the hopping steps were adopted by the skilful French dancers of the royal court.
This was originally written for the Harpsichord. Click PLAY to hear what it may have sounded like: