Essercizii Musici Archive

G. P. Telemann: Essercizii Musici – Florilegium – Channel Classics 

G. P. Telemann: Essercizii Musici – Florilegium – Channel Classics 

G. P. Telemann: (sections from) Essercizii Musici – Florilegium (dir. Ashley Solomon, flute) – Channel Classics CCS 40118—119:30, ****1/2 Telemann, a contemporary of Handel and Bach, is remembered best today for being a prolific composer. Trained as a lawyer, he took extraordinary means to pursue music and later promote his music, in a variety of genres and by incorporating a number of regional styles. Most notably, Telemann integrated French and Polish elements into his music. Among the collections he took to publishing was a collection he entitled Essercizii Musici, trio sonatas and solo sonatas in four movements, for a variety of instruments. The title of the work itself is interesting. When composers used the word “exercises” in their pieces, they almost seemed destined to an amateur audience. In some cases, these solo sonatas could be played by just two players; the trio sonatas, by three. The use of Italian in the title, I am guessing, was to impart another regional connotation to the works. Some years ago I became acquainted with this collection, which takes the space of four CDs, performed by Camerata Köln on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. I soon learned the pieces weren’t overly simple; they no doubt presented […]