Early Music New York (EM/NY) will conclude its 47th anniversary season of “Great Names” with “Telemann à la Polonaise: From Folk to Formal,” featuring one of the most prolific composers of the Baroque period. Each work on the program was inspired by and incorporates folk tunes that Telemann originally encountered during his time in Poland early in his career; some of the original tunes will also be performed. The performance will take place on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan.

“Singular among the great German Baroque composers, Telemann considered the Polish ‘style’ to be of equal importance to those of France, Italy and Germany,” says Frederick Renz, director of EM/NY . “The influence of what Telemann called the ‘true barbaric beauty’ of Polish music permeates all of his instrumental output, from overtures to concertos for orchestra, to chamber sonatas and solo works for keyboard and lute. times, as this program will demonstrate.”

Concert information


From folk to formal

Saturday May 7, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Central Park West at 68th Street, NYC

Program to include

Georg Philippe Telemann (1681 – 1767)

Polish Dances from the Rostock Manuscript, TWV 45

[transcribed by Telemann, ca. 1705]

Opening [composite, ‘a la Polonaise’]

Input, TWV 55: D2; Polish, TWV 55: D3; Hanaquoise, TWV 55: D3;

Mezzetin in Turkish, TWV 55: B8; Mourky, TWV 55: g1; The Turks, TWV 55: B

Polish Concerto, 43:G7

Sweet; Allegro; Largo; allegro

Polish Sonata, TWV 42:a8

Andante; Allegro; Sweet; allegro

Quartet (‘Polish Concerto’) TWV 43: B3 [w/interpolations]

Polish ; Allegro; Muscovites, TWV 55: B5; Largo (mazurka: kujawiak);

Hanaque & Sarrois (Sorau, Poland?), TWV: 39: B1; Allegro (mazurka: obereck)

(program subject to change)

Early Music New York ~ Frederick Renz, director


$40.00 reserved seats

$20.00 student (with valid ID, available at the door, the day of)

Tickets available by phone (212-280-0330), online (www.EarlyMusicNY.org)

and at the door, half an hour before the performance.

Group discounts available by phone. All major credit cards accepted.

About the artists


Frederick Renz, founder/director of the Early Music Foundation, is internationally recognized for his work as a conductor, producer, director, performer and researcher, presenting music and musical dramas from the 11th to 18th centuries. He has received commissions from the Spoleto Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, individual grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and received an honorary doctorate from the State University. of New York, Fredonia. Detailed bio available upon request


Celebrating its forty-seventh season, Early Music New York is garnering international acclaim for its vibrant and provocative performances of historically informed repertoire from medieval to classical eras.

Early Music Foundation (EMF), a non-profit organization founded in 1974, is artist-in-residence at Saint John the Divine Cathedral in New York. Under the direction of Frederick Renz, EMF’s mission is to foster public understanding and appreciation of music and musical theater from the 11th to 18th centuries. EMF Presents Historic Performance Ensemble and Orchestra EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK – FREDERICK RENZ, DIRECTOR; operates recording label Ex cathedra Records; and administers a service to the field project, “New York Early Music Central” (NYEMC), sponsoring/managing citywide festivals to serve NYC’s community of historically informed artists.


The First Church of Christ, Scientist is located in the heart of the Lincoln Square neighborhood in the famous historic district of Central Park West. Designed by Frederick R. Comstock, the copper-domed Beaux-Arts style building dates to the early 20th century, when it was built and originally dedicated as the Second Church of Christ, the Scientist. Of its square-proportioned auditorium, NYC-Arts says, “With angled seating, the ambient clarity and acoustics of First Church of Christ, Scientist is an ideal venue for chamber and orchestral performances.”

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