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Daemon
Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Water Music

In 1712, George Frideric Handel took up permanent residence in England, leaving his employer—the elector of Hanover—behind in Germany. Two years later, the elector of Hanover became George I of England. When the king requested music for royal festivities, Handel wrote Water Music, allegedly to regain the king's favor. Water Music debuted on a barge accompanying the king down the River Thames in 1717. What did George I think of Handel's now-famous collection of songs? More...
striker
Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:03:37 AM
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interesting concept
Milica Boghunovich
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Water Music
In 1712, George Frideric Handel took up permanent residence in England, leaving his employer—the elector of Hanover—behind in Germany. Two years later, the elector of Hanover became George I of England. When the king requested music for royal festivities, Handel wrote Water Music, allegedly to regain the king's favor. Water Music debuted on a barge accompanying the king down the River Thames in 1717. What did George I think of Handel's now-famous collection of songs? More...

Great event to invest time and money in! Imagine all the boats (etc.) filled with Water Music today! Wouldn't it be lovely!
Dr WWWW
Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 12:19:35 PM

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I don't know if they still do it, but Florida's Disney World's nightly water pageant, with light show and decorated barges on the Seven Seas Lagoon, appropriately featured Handel's Water Music. The excerpts did get old when hearing them every night of the stay, every visit. Nevertheless, it's great celebratory music.
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:19:51 PM

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Great music, listing to him right now as I read these daily postings....
thar
Posted: Sunday, January 18, 2015 7:44:07 AM

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Like he says, you can't talk about music, you have to listen to it.
I like Handel because he writes nice horn parts. (Or I play the horn because I like the music!) But I get to play them on an instrument with valves. Massive respect for those musicians at the time of valveless instruments.

Lie back and enjoy!

Water Music suite 2

a bit of context, an intro to a concert at the proms (and the concert of you fancy it). Apparently the king had it played three times. I can guess the third time was getting a bit ragged from the brass section!Silenced Silenced

Handel at the proms 2012





rogermue
Posted: Sunday, January 18, 2015 4:39:15 PM

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Wonderful music. A long time I haven't heard it.
pedro
Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:37:10 AM
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Born in a good year for classical music (along with JS Bach and Domenico Scarlatti)
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