The Telemann Research Center in Magdeburg, Germany has announced that Georg Philipp Telemann’s 12 Fantasias for Viola da Gamba has been found. Telemann had released the work to his publisher in August 1735, but it was believed that the work had not survived.
Following a tip from a French colleague, Thomas Fritzsch located a complete copy of the printed score approved for publication in a private collection.
It is stated that publication of a collection of works for viola da gamba without a bass would have been unprecedented for 1735. The fantasias are described as a “cornucopia of musical ideas” demonstrating Telemann’s “extraordinary knowledge of the capabilities of the instrument” and his mastery of the chamber music form.
The fantasias will be presented for the first time at the Telemann Festival to be held in Magdeburg, Telemann’s home town, on 11-20 March 2016. At the same time a CD and the long-awaited published score will be made available.
Zentrum für Telemann-Pflege und -Forschung Magdeburg http://www.telemann.org/telemann-zentrum/news/109.html
Image attribution: Georg Philipp Telemann, watercolor by Valentin Daniel Preisler [Public domain], after a lost painting by Ludwig Michael Schneider (1750), via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ATelemann.jpg