Handel Air from Water Music Suite #1
Handel's Water Music is not music about water, but rather is music to be played on the water. It is a perfect example of royal excess. King George I wanted to listen to music while traveling down the Thames River in 1717. So Handel wrote three musical suites for the occasion, with a total of 21 movements. As King George floated down the river on his personal barge, 50 musicians followed him on a separate barge and serenaded him for over 4 hours. This Air is from the first suite.
This composition can be played by 2 different combinations of instruments.
A few notes on the parts and instruments:
- The standard ("std") parts are the original parts and are designed to be played together.
- The alternate "a" parts, if present, are raised one octave (8va) and can be substituted for a standard part to accommodate the higher instruments listed. They should work as long as they are above the other parts.
- The alternate "b" parts, if present, are lowered one octave (8vb) and can be substituted for a standard part to accommodate the lower instruments listed. They should work as long as they are below the other parts.
- For example, using parts 1, 2, and 3 together is definitely ok. Using parts 1a, 2, and 3b together is probably ok. Using parts 1b, 2, and 3a together might not work well.
- Part ranges are listed in concert key, where C4 is middle C.
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This version is a duet for violin and cello, with optional viola on the second part.
Composition: Handel Air from Water Music Suite #1
Duration: 2 minutes
|Handel Air from Water Music Suite #1, Version v01
||Full Score in C, Bb, Eb, and F
|Part 1 (std)
||G3 - G5
|Part 2 (std)
||C3 - D5
|Part 2b (8vb)
||C2 - D4