Handel: Seven Pieces from Water Music for Piano Trio
by James M. Guthrie
Piano Trio - Digital Sheet Music

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Composed by George Friderick Handel (1685-1756). Arranged by James M. Guthrie. Baroque,Instructional,Standards,Wedding. 32 pages. Jmsgu3 #6121129. Published by jmsgu3 (A0.552118).

Contents: 1. Air 2. Minuet 3. Bourrée 4. Hornpipe 5. Rigaudon 6. Minuet 7. Andante

Handel's Water Music was composed for a royal cruise hosted by King George I of Great Britain on July 17, 1717, providing entertainment for the king and his guests on the River Thames. Handel's Water Music is made up of three orchestral suites, written for an outdoor performance, and it was one of the first compositions intended for outdoor performance, showcasing Handel's innovative approach to music. The composition was significant as it was composed to regain the favor of King George I, as Handel had fallen out of favor for moving to London during Queen Anne's reign. The piece was instrumental in reconciling their relationship. The music is known for its highly spirited movements in dance form, and it engaged an ensemble of flutes, recorders, oboes, bassoons, trumpets, horns, violins, and basses, creating a lively and spirited atmosphere. The Water Music was an instant hit and is considered a masterpiece, showcasing Handel's ability to develop foot-tapping tunes and an exuberant series of movements, contributing to its enduring popularity. Handel's Water Music is significant due to its royal commission, innovative composition, historical context, musical characteristics, and cultural impact. It remains a celebrated and influential piece in the history of music.

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