George Fredric Handel's Water Music

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George Fredric Handel was a prominent composer of the Baroque era and his piece, Water Music, exemplifies the music of the era with it blue blue blue. The Baroque era, in short, was an era of music that yielded many diverse pieces and was also dominated by ornamental and carefully constructed pieces of music (“What Is Baroque Music? - Music Of The Baroque”). The instrumentation of Water Music is fit to be played by a large, complete orchestra, though it could also be played by a smaller ensemble. Despite being meant to be played a full orchestra, it seems to be lacking in woodwinds and there seems to be almost no presence of percussion instruments in any of the suites for Water Music. No vocals of any kind were written or used in conjunction with…show more content…
Handel himself rode alongside the royal barge on one that was provided by the City of London, along with a full orchestra, and played it for the first time when going upstream. It was said that the King was so pleased with the seemingly impromptu concert and had it repeated about three more times for the remainder of his entire trip. Water Music is one that is seems suited to be played outside rather inside. It was never explicitly stated why Handel wrote Water Music, but it is widely believed that the piece was composed as a way to regain favor with the royal sovereign of the time, George I, after falling out of it during Queen Anne's reign, who was George I's predecessor and cousin. Despite doubts surrounding that theory, it seems to be the most widely believed one. Despite those allegations, it seems more likely that the King had actually commissioned Handel to write music that would garner public support for him, since the King's popularity was diminishing at the time (“Classical Classics - Handel’s Water Music And Music For The Royal Fireworks, By Peter

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