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Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel) - String Quartet or String Orchestra

By George Frideric Handel

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Violin, Viola, Cello, String Quartet, String Orchestra, String Ensemble - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Arranged by Rob Bushnell. Baroque Period, Anniversary, Wedding, Graduation. Score, Set of Parts. 25 pages. Published by RBMusic (S0.364285).

Item Number: S0.364285

"Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" is the Sinfonia that starts Act III of the oratorio Solomon by George Frideric Handel. The piece announces the state visit from the Queen of Sheba to Solomon's kingdom. It is believe that Sir Thomas Beecham gave this piece its name when he made a recording of it in either 1933 or 1955 (no one can remember which!).

Although this piece can be played as a concertitem in its own right, it is commonly used as processional music at weddings(voted the second favourite piece of wedding music by Classic FM listeners inMay 2018 - It was first performed in London in 1749 and has become famous outside the context of the complete oratorio. It also featured at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony when James Bond (Daniel Craig) went to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Here is a recording of the original scoring (with oboes) from YouTube:

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