Cantata Cycle 1716-1717 (Telemann)

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Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

The Cantata Cycle 1716-1717 (also known as the Concertante Cycle) is a series of cantatas written by Georg Philipp Telemann while he was Frankfurt's Director of Municipal Music. In addition to composing music for civic occasions, he conducted and composed for several churches in the city, including the Katharinenkirche and the Barfüßerkirche where he was Kapellmeister.[1] During his time in Frankfurt (1712–1721), he composed five new year-long cycles of sacred music for the Sundays and holy days of the ecclesiastical calendar.[2] He also completed several cycles which he had begun earlier in Eisenach where he had been the leader of the court singers. After taking up his post in Hamburg in 1721, he continued to supply Frankfurt with cantata cycles — one complete cycle every three years, as part of an arrangement to maintain his citizenship of that city.

Interior of the Barfüßerkirche in Telemann's time.

Scores[edit]

Between 1712 and Telemann’s death in 1767 copyists in Frankfurt produced a large collection of performance materials for his religious cantatas, which are currently preserved in Frankfurt's Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek (City and University Library). There are relatively few of these scores available in modern editions. However, the Frankfurt Telemann Society has begun a project in conjunction with Habsburger Verlag to publish modern editions of the scores, particularly the early Frankfurt cantata cycles. These appear in the Frankfurter Telemann-Ausgaben series.[3]

List of cantatas in the 1716-1717 cycle[edit]

Feast Day TWV Number Title Sources Scoring Notes
Advent 1 TWV 1:1234 Saget der Tochter Zion Frankfurt Ff 1314a (S)ATB (Soprano Rip. missing) 1 sets of parts (König)
Advent 2 TWV 1:811 Huetet euch, dass eure Herzen Frankfurt Ff 1138 SATB 2 sets of scores (Beck, König, Fischer), 2 sets of parts (Set 1: Bodinus, Set 2: Seibart, Copyist "60b," König),
Advent 3 TWV 1:1129 Mein Kind, willtu Gottes Diener sein Frankfurt Ff 1262 SATB 0 sets of scores, 2 sets of parts
Advent 4 TWV 1:914 Ihr seid alle Gottes Kinder Frankfurt Ff 1200 SATB 2 sets of scores, 2 sets of parts
Christmas TWV 1:1450 Uns ist ein Kind geboren Frankfurt Ff 1414 SATB 1 sets of scores, 2 sets of parts
Christmas TWV 1:1430 Und da die Engel von ihnen gen Himmel führen Frankfurt Ff 1430 SATB 1 sets of scores, 2 sets of parts
Christmas 3 TWV 1:1017 Kündlich gross ist das Geheimnis Frankfurt Ff 1017 SATB 1 sets of scores, 1 sets of parts
Sunday after Christmas TWV deest Dancket denn Herrn denn er ist freundlich Frankfurt Ff 814 SATB 1 sets of scores, 2 sets of parts
Feast of the Circumcision of Christ TWV 1:1726 Wünschet Jerusalem Gluck Frankfurt Ff 1545 SATB 0 sets of scores, 1 sets of parts
Sunday after New Year's TWV 1:26 Ach Herr! Wie ist meiner Feinde so viel Frankfurt Ff 739 SATB 2 sets of scores, 2 sets of parts
Epiphany TWV 1:1958 Lobet den Herrn, alles Heiden (Psalm 117) Frankfurt Ff 1958 SATB 1 sets of scores, 1 sets of parts
1st Sunday after Epiphany TWV 1:431 Eins bitte ich vom Herrn Frankfurt Ff 957 SATB 2 sets of scores, 2 sets of parts
2nd Sunday after Epiphany TWV 1:332 Die Ehe soll ehrlich gehalten werden Frankfurt Ff 911 SATB 1 sets of scores, 2 sets of parts
3rd Sunday after Epiphany TWV 1:1394 Spricht der Herr aber also, Ich habe nicht Lust Frankfurt Ff 1394 SATB 2 sets of scores, 2 sets of parts
4th Sunday after Epiphany TWV 1:362 Die, so ihr den Herrn fürchten Frankfurt Ff 920 SATB 0 sets of scores, 2 sets of parts
Purification of the Virgin TWV 1:245 Der Gerechte kommt um Frankfurt Ff 864 SATB ****
5th Sunday after Epiphany TWV 1:1273 Seid nüchtern und wachet Frankfurt Ff 1334 SATB 1 sets of scores, 1 sets of parts
6th Sunday after Epiphany TWV deest Jesus meine Freude MISSING **** MISSING (Mentioned in a 1771 inventory
7th Sunday after Epiphany TWV 1:1448 Unser Wandel aber ist im Himmel MISSING **** ****
Septuagesima TWV 1:501 Es ist ein großer Gewinn, wer gottselig Frankfurt Ff 985 SATB 2 sets of scores, 2 sets of parts
Sexagesima TWV 1:1295 Selig sind, die Gottes Wort hören Frankfurt Ff 1344 SATB 1 sets of scores (Beck), 2 sets of parts (Parts Set 1: König Part 1) (Parts Set 2:Beck, Fischer)
Estomihi TWV 1:1316 Siehe, das ist Gottes Lamm Frankfurt Ff 1361 SATB 1 sets of scores (Beck), 2 sets of parts (Parts set 1 Copyists "60a," König, Seibart) (Parts set 2: Copyist "88")
Invocavit TWV 1:1279 Seid stark in dem Herrn und in seiner Macht Frankfurt Ff 1338 SATB 2 sets of scores (Beck, König), 2 sets of parts (Parts set 1:Beck)(Parts set 2: Seibert, Copyist "60b," König)
Reminiscere [4] TWV 1:843 Ich hatte viel Bekümmernisse in meinem Herzen Frankfurt Ff 1156 SATB 2 sets of scores, 2 sets of parts (Parts set 1: Copyist "64," Seibert,König )(Parts set 2: Beck, Copyist "T26," Copyist "88".)
Oculi [5] TWV 1:586 Gedenket an Jesum, der ein solches Widersprechen Frankfurt Ff 1032 SATB 2 sets of scores (Beck, König), 2 sets of parts (Parts set 1: Becker, Fischer)(Parts set 2: König, Seibert, Copyist "82c,".)
Laetare TWV 1:156 Da Jesus nun merckte, daß kommen würden Frankfurt Ff 810 SATB 2 sets of scores (Beck), 2 sets of parts
Judica TWV 1:367 Die Wahrheit fallt auf die Gasse Frankfurt Ff 923 SATB 2 sets of scores (Beck), 2 sets of parts
Palm Sunday TWV 1:800 Christus hat gelitten für uns, und uns. Frankfurt Ff 141 SATB 2 sets of scores (Beck), 2 sets of parts
Feast of the Annunciation TWV 1:1326 Siehe, eine Jungfrau ist schwanger Frankfurt Ff 1326 SATB 2 sets of scores (Beck), 2 sets of parts
Easter TWV 1:816 Ich bin der Erste und der Letzte Frankfurt Ff 1143 SATB 2 sets of scores (Beck), 2 sets of parts

Recording[edit]

The cantata for the Second Sunday in Lent from this cycle, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis TWV 1:843 can be heard on:

Set to a poem by Erdmann Neumeister, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis tells a story from the Gospel of St.Mark in which a woman asks Jesus to heal her daughter who is possessed by the devil.[6]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Georg Philipp Telemann Timeline University of Magdeburg
  2. ^ Biography of Georg Philipp Telemann on baroquemusic.org
  3. ^ Habsburger Verlag
  4. ^ 2nd Sunday of Lent
  5. ^ 3rd Sunday of Lent
  6. ^ Mark Sealey, Review of Telemann: Cantatas (CPO 7771952), Music-Web International, August 2007.

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