In this research we intend to demonstrate the strong influence - rarely discussed in studies about this subject - of the French taste in eighteenth-century German courts and in the musical practice known as mixed tastes. We will focus on the Paris Quartets of Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) which, besides clearly representing the French influence on German music, allow a study of the genres of chamber occasion on the perspective of eighteenth-century decorum.In my master's degree dissertation, carried out with FAPESP scholarship, I examined carefully the mixed tastes issue from the eighteenth century preceptives that approach the concepts of taste and style. In that work, the presence of several foreign composers in the German courts was mapped, and a strong presence of French musicians and composers was evidenced. Also, in Telemann's autobiography, regarded by eighteenth-century German musicians as a model of imitation and the best representative of the mixed tastes, declares himself a big partisan of the French taste in his autobiography. These facts showed that this is a key issue for a better understanding of the mixed taste.The Paris Quartets of Georg Philipp Telemann were chosen for this research because they show a predominance of French style, at the same time that employ typical Italian genres - such as the sonata and concerto. Thus, they allow a study of genre decorum prescriptions in the chamber occasion and mixed tastes context. These informations, linked with the fact that Telemann constitutes an authority on the use of mixed tastes, make these quartets a perfect object of investigation.
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