Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1757) was a prolific composer
having completed over 3000 works including 1043 church
cantatas, 46 settings of the Passion, and nearly 50
concertos for various instruments. This edition of the
Twelve Fantasias TWV 40:2-13 is based on what is
thought to be the only surviving copy of the first edition,
which is at the Brussels Conservatory Library. It was most
likely published by Telemann himself in Hamburg between
1725 and 1730.
In the first edition there are several instances where
the written notes are unclear or Telemann made
corrections by inserting extra notes. We have made
decisions as to what we felt his intent was, based on
similar passages or implied harmonies. Several courtesy
accidentals have been added. Otherwise, our current
edition is published as originally notated by Telemann.
The popularity of the 12
Fantasias has endured for almost three hundred years.
They are rich with chromatic harmonies and incorporate
several national styles, including the French, German
and Italian. In these short movements, Telemann was
able to incorporate a wide variety of musical expression
into a single line.
Although Telemann's original intent was probably for these
Fantasias to be played on flute, the music is also
perfectly suited for other treble clef instruments
as was typical of that time.