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Item 695 - Georg Philipp Telemann Catalog 452 (May 2015)

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German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist (1681–1767) who was favorably compared and arguably more popular than his close friend Johann Sebastian Bach. Rare AQS in Latin on an off-white 6.25 x 3.75 album page, signed at the conclusion, “Georg. Phil. Telemann, Hamb. d 25. Maii, 1786.” Telemann pens a quote embodying his musical motto, in full (translated): "Omnia stant Harmonia. Anarmoria cadunt omnia. Nec erigitur, reficitur, restituitur quidquam, nisi ad Harmonium relatum atque redactum [All exists through harmony. All is destroyed by disharmony. Nothing can be built, nothing created, nothing restored that is not related to and based on harmony].” An AQS from the Gospel of Matthew is also penned on the reverse by Johann Jacob Lentz. In fine condition, with light foxing, toning, and a bit of show-through from the quote on the reverse. One of the most prolific composers in history with over 3,000 works to his name, Telemann wrote music characterized by complex counterpoint and harmonic genius backing his original view on tone color. Telemann is an exceedingly rare classical music autograph and this piece boasts magnificent poetic content relating to his craft. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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