German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann was born in Magdeburg in 1681. His family actively discouraged his musical tendencies leaving Telemann no choice but to teach himself. Fortunately his talents were recognized and despite entering Leipzig University to study law, Telemann found himself being commissioned to write music for the city churches.
By 1702 Telemann was director of the Leipzig Opera and Cantor of one of its churches. He took up the prestigious position of Music Director at Hamburg in 1721 which he held until his death.
Telemann is believed to be one of, if not the most prolific composers of the Baroque period with more than 800 credited works. Although known today for the solo and trio sonatas, Telemann wrote numerous operas, church music and instrumental works. One feature of Telemann