The 10th International Telemann Competition 2019 is reserved for chamber music ensembles. The competition is open to the public.

To participate, only instrumental ensembles can apply whose primary focus is the interpretation of historically-oriented performance practice. Compositions must be performed one-to-a-part, except in the case of the basso continuo, where a scoring with one or more instruments is permitted. Ensembles comprised of only one solo instrument and basso continuo are excluded from the competition. Each ensemble member must play on a historical instrument or a replica of one. Musicians born after 10 March 1984 and before 10 March 2001 may take part. Each musician may participate as a member of only ONE registered ensemble at the 10th International Telemann Competition.


Only those instruments are permitted for which Telemann has composed chamber music (excluding, e.g. voice flutes and other small or large recorders, piccolo flutes, cornet, trombone, i.a.). For the ensembles, the scorings of the following collections and works especially apply. These can – in addition to compositions in manuscript form – also form the basis for the compilation of the repertoire:

   Quadri (Hamburg 1730), TWV 43: G1, D1, A1, g1, e1, h1
       (Violine, Querflöte, Viola da gamba oder Violoncello und B.c.),
   Nouveaux Quatuors en Six Suites (Paris 1738), TWV 43:D3, a2, G4, h2, A3, e4
       (Querflöte, Violine, Viola da gamba oder Violoncello und B.c.),
   die Quatuors der Musique de Table (Hamburg 1733)
       TWV 43:G2 (Querflöte, Oboe, Violine und B.c.),
       TWV 43:d1 (2 Querflöten, Blockflöte oder Fagott oder Violoncello und B.c.),
       TWV 43:e2 (Querflöte, Violine, Violoncello und B.c.);
Triobesetzungen, wie z.B.
   Six Trios (Frankfurt 1718)
       TWV 42:B1 (Oboe, Violine und B.c.),
       TWV 42:a1 (Blockflöte, Violine und B.c.),
       TWV 42:G1 (Querflöte, Violine und B.c.),
       TWV 42:D1 (2 Violinen und B.c.),
       TWV 42:g1 (Violine, Gambe und B.c.),
       TWV 42:F1 (Violine, Fagott oder Violoncello und B.c.),
   Essercizii musici (Hamburg um 1726)
       TWV 42:c2(Blockflöte, Oboe und B.c.), TWV 42:G6 (Viola da gamba,
      obligates Cembalo und B.c.),
       TWV 42:g5 (Violine, Oboe und B.c.), TWV 42:A6 (Querflöte, obligates Cembalo und B.c.),
       TWV 42:a4 (Blockflöte, Violine und B.c.), TWV 42:h4 (Querflöte, Viola da gamba und B.c.),
       TWV 42:F3 (Blockflöte, Viola da gamba und B.c.), TWV 42:B4 (Blockflöte, obligates Cembalo und B.c.),
       TWV 42:E4 (Querflöte, Violine und B.c.), TWV 42:D9 (Violine, Viola da gamba und B.c.),
       TWV 42:d4 (Querflöte, Oboe und B.c.), TWV 42:Es3 (Oboe, obligates Cembalo und B.c.),
   III Trietti metodichi e III Scherzi (Hamburg 1731), TWV 42: G2, A1, D2, E1, d1, D3
       (2 Querflöten oder 2 Violinen und B.c.),
   die Trios der Musique de Table (Hamburg 1733)
       TWV 42:Es1 (2 Violinen und B.c.),
       TWV 42:e2 (Querflöte, Oboe und B.c.),
       TWV 42:D5 (2 Querflöten und B.c.),
   Six Concerts et Six Suites (Hamburg 1734)
       Konzerte: TWV 42:D6, g2, A3, e3, h1, h2
       Suiten: TWV 42:G4, B2, h2, E2, a3, d3
       (Besetzungsvarianten nach Tele­mann: „Clavessin et Flûte traversière, ou à Clavessin,
       Traversière et Violoncello, ou à Violon, Traversière et Violoncello ou Fondement,
       ou à Clavessin, Violon, Traversière et Violoncello“),
   Scherzi melodichi (Hamburg 1734), TWV 42: A4, B3, G5, Es2, e4, g3, D7
       (Violine, Viola und B.c.),
   Sonates Corellisantes (Hamburg 1735), TWV 42: F2, A5, h3, E3, g4, D8
       (2 Violinen oder 2 Querflöten und B.c.),
die Besetzungen der
   Six Quatuors ou Trios (Hamburg 1733), TWV 43:D2, e3, A2, G3, a1, E1
       (2 Querflöten oder Violinen und 2 Violoncelli oder Fagotte (Violoncello secondo = B.c.),
       oder Trio für 2 Querflöten oder Violinen und Violoncello oder Fagott; Besetzungsvarianten,
       nach Telemann: „2 Flûtes traversières ou 2 Violons et à 2 Violoncells ou 2 Bassons,
       dont le second peut ètre entierement retranché ou se jouer sur le Clavessin“),
sowie der Duettsonaten, z.B.
   TWV 40:101-106 (6 Sonaten für 2 Flöten oder Violinen ohne B.c.),
   TWV 40:107 (Sonate B-Dur für 2 Blockflöten oder G-Dur für 2 Querflöten oder A-dur für 2 Gamben ohne B.c.),
   TWV 40:111 (Sonate B-dur für Blockflöte und Violine oder G-Dur für Querflöte und Viola pomposa,
    oder Violine oder A-dur für zwei Gamben ohne B.c.),
   TWV 40:118-123 (6 Sonaten im Kanon für 2 Querflöten oder Violinen oder Gamben ohne B.c.),
   TWV 40:124-129 (6 Sonaten für zwei Querflöten oder Violinen oder Oboen ohne B.c.),
   TWV 40:130-135 (6 Duette für zwei Querflöten ohne B.c.),
   TWV 40:141-143 (9 Sonaten für zwei Traversflöten ohne B.c.),
   TWV 41:B3 (Sonate im Kanon B-Dur für Blockflöte und Viola oder Gambe ohne B.c. oder
   A-Dur für Querflöte oder Violine und Viola oder Gambe ohne B.c.).

The Quartets (Concerti and Sonatas) for strings from the work group 43 and compositions from the work groups 44 to 55 (see Telemann Werkverzeichnis volumes 1-3, Bärenreiter-Verlag 1984/1992/1999) are excluded. The same procedures should be followed when selecting the works of other composers.

Sonatas for solo instrument and cembalo obligato can be part of the competition program. Nevertheless, the entire program for the whole competition must not include more than one Sonata for solo instrument and basso continuo.

Special reference is given to the possibility of including literature with cembalo obbligato as included in the Essercizii musici and in the Six Concerts et six Suites (see above). Special prizes for harpsichord will be granted for the best cembalo obbligato and general bass performances (see below).

Complete works of Georg Philipp Telemann (primarily from the above mentioned collections or from similarly scored manuscripts) are to be prepared which may be combined with compositions of his contemporaries. Telemann’s works should account for more than half of the time allocated for each individual round.

All compositions are to be performed in the original instrumentations or, where appropriate, in alternative instrumentations proposed by the composer and based on the Urtext.


The following time limits are binding for the individual rounds:

1st and 2nd round: each round has a duration of minimum  35 to maximum 45 minutes
3rd round (final): has a duration of minimum 50 to maximum 60 minutes
Each of the specified times include ca. 5 minutes for setup, tuning, etc.

The program to be prepared can therefore have a total time of max. 2 hours and 15 minutes. A new program is to be prepared for each round. Performing the same pieces from previously completed rounds is not permitted. At least half of the program of each round must be performed by the entire ensemble. 

By registering for the competition, the ensemble agrees to the recording of their auditions for publicity or archival purposes.

A two-manual harpsichord will be provided by the organizer. The instrument is tuned to a1 = 415 Hertz, according to Bach-Kellner temperament. Rooms with a tuned harpsichord will be available for preparation.

Please note:

By applying, each participant accepts the aforementioned competition terms. The jury´s decisions are in every case legally incontestable.

The German text of this announcement is legally binding.

The use of the male form is expressly to be understood as gender‐neutral.

Subject to alteration