The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: YOU MUST HEAR THIS – The Concerto for Viola in G major by Georg Philipp Telemann.

September 10, 2015

By Jacob Stockinger

As you may already know, the Baroque German composer Georg Philipp Telemann holds the all-time record as the world’s most prolific composer of classical music.

And often The Ear thinks Telemann (below) should have written less so that what he did write would be of a more consistently high quality — even though his contemporaries thought of him highly enough to give him a job over his contemporary Johann Sebastian Bach.

georg philipp telemann

But be that as it may, The Ear recently heard a wonderful piece by Telemann.

It was his Concerto for Viola in G Major, which I don’t recall ever hearing performed live in Madison, although maybe I just missed it and readers can correct me.


Whatever, the viola concerto certainly deserves more performances and a wider hearing. Viola concertos themselves are pretty rare compared to concertos for violin, cello and piano.

The Ear especially loves the opening, Romantic-like slow movement, which is offered below in a YouTube video along with the other three lovely and ear-catching movements, in a performance by Camerata Milwaukee.

You can also let The Ear know what you think of the work, of the much-maligned viola and of Telemann in general.

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