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Telemann und die vier Temperamente

Telemann and the Four Temperaments

Georg Philipp Telemann
Magdeburg 1681 - Hamburg 1767
German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist
Eberhard Roßdeutscher

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Sculpture group of five figures on separate columns, reflecting the pipes of an organ. The central column is surmounted by a statue of Telemann in baroque costume in a directing pose. Around him are female figures representing the four temperaments: sanguine (pleasure-seeking and sociable), choleric (ambitious and leader-like), melancholic (introverted and thoughtful), and phlegmatic (relaxed and quiet).

Magdeburg - Telemann und die vier Temperamente

On the building behind the monument is a red stone frieze which can be seen as petrified music (This frieze was partly covered by scaffolding).


Placed at the occassion of the 300th anniversary of Telemann's birth.


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Locatie (N 52°7'40" - E 11°38'14") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: desa014; Photograph: 1 September 2012
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