Baroque Composer War: Battle 1

Antonio Vivaldi vs. Georg Philipp Telemann

Antonio Vivaldi was born on March 4th, 1678 in Venice, Italy. His early education is speculated to have taken place from his father, who was a violinist at San Marco in Venice. Vivaldi later became a violin teacher at the Pio Ospedale della Pietà (an orphanage for women); he spent most of his career in this position. To expand his reputation beyond the Ospedale, Vivaldi began composing and dedicating his music, in particular his concertos, to various nobility. Few of his works were published during his life time, despite the migration of many of his manuscripts towards Dresden.

Vivaldi’s most notable works include his group of four violin concertos titled Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons); Gloria in D, RV 589; Concerto for Mandolin in C, RV 425; Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione, Op. 8; and L’estro armonico, Op. 3

Georg Philipp Telemann was born on March 24th, 1681 in Magdeburg, Germany (modern day). His family was often drawn to careers in the clergy; a reasoning for trying to keep the young Georg Philipp away from the musical instruments he grew attached to. He submitted to studying law at the age of 20, but while passing through Halle, he met George Frideric Handel who infected Telemann with the desire to pursue music. He stayed in Leipzig where his talents as a composer flourished. While in Leipzig he continued to explore several musical careers including a court musician and a musical director in several churches in Hamburg.

Telemann’s most notable works are his Pastorelle en Musique; Suite in A major for Recorder and Strings, TWV55: a2; Musique de Table; Symphony No. 1 in G major (“Cricket”) ,TWV50: 1; and Suite Burlesque de Quixotte in G major, TWV55: G10.

I have chosen to pin these two together because each of them started their careers in something else outside of composition, but turned to the art in order to prove themselves further. To take part in the battle, you can vote on Facebook or Twitter! The winner will resurface later after the first round of brackets are over!

Photo by Henrique Ferreira on Unsplash

Published by Stephen J. Trygar

I am a musicologist and music historian currently residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My primary focus is on theatrical music (opera, ballet, and incidental music) and symphonic music.

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