TELEMANN’S MUSICAL THEATRE
The overture-suites by Telemann explore various themes including traditional music, musical oddities, chivalrous paintings and mix together the serious and the comic. The French style, so dear to Telemann, constitutes the framework and inspiration of these works. Although usually played in orchestral formation, these suites were also interpreted at the time in chamber music formation, with one musician per part. Thus, at the Dresden court, many musicians recreated their own suites playing directly from the score, with string instruments, sometimes adding wind instruments to the team.