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Water Music, Suite I For 4 - 5 Recorders - Score and parts

By George Frideric Handel

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SAATB, SATB recorders - Level 3 - Moderate
Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Recorder Quintets, Recorder Quartets. Score and Parts. Published by Dolce (MM.DOL0330).

Item Number: MM.DOL0330

Handel's Water Music was written to entertain King George I and his court on a boating trip down the Thames in 1717. There are three separate suites in the Water Music and together they make up some of the most well known music of the 18th Century.
The first suite had nine movements, which are all included in this volume: the overture, a beautiful Adagio for oboe and strings, some striking horn writing in the third and fourth movements (the middle section of the 3rd movement shares the theme of the Larghetto of the oboe sonata opus 1 no. 5 in G minor, showing that sections of the longer movements can be played by themselves), the famous Air, for strings only, three dances for full orchestra - Minuet, Bouree and Hornpipe; followed by the Fugue, for oboes and strings.
The Bouree and Hornpipe were to be played three times: 1st all the strings, 2nd all the oboes [including bassoons], 3rd all together. This arrangement has an optional low version for the second time. The large scale movements have been arranged for SAATB recorder ensemble, because of the horns - the other movements are in four parts SATB. Also available as PAR0434.

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