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Fantasia: The Complete Works for Solo Violin by Georg Philipp Telemann

Victoria Martino

An esteemed friend of Handel, Bach, and many other composers of his generation, Georg Philipp Telemann was universally considered in his day to be more modern and innovative than any of his contemporaries. An autodidact, and yet one of the most prolific composers of all time, he produced more than 3000 works in every conceivable genre, from large-scale operas, passions, oratorios, cantatas, orchestral suites, and concerti, to intimate chamber works for a wide variety of instruments. Of these latter compositions, his 24 Fantasies for solo violin are among the richest and most imaginative.

In this two-part presentation, Victoria Martino will reveal the fascinating man behind the music and will discuss Telemann's prodigious output and unparalleled professional success. She will share her insights as to the reasons behind the composer's diminishing reputation over the past 200 years, and will explain the research that led her to restore 12 of Telemann's Fantasies to the instrument for which they had been conceived. She will perform all 24 Fantasies on an original, unmodified Viennese Baroque violin from 1760, an instrument that the composer himself (an accomplished violinist) might have played.

April 9: Part I

April 12: Part II

Instructor: Victoria Martino is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and UC San Diego. Equally regarded as a specialist in early music and contemporary performance practice, she has collaborated with some of the most renowned figures and institutions in the international music world, giving solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan. As both performer and scholar, she is passionately committed to the revival of significant works by major composers that have been forgotten, misappropriated, or neglected. She may be the first violinist to reunite and perform all 24 Fantasies by Telemann since the composer's lifetime.

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70019   Credit: 0 units


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