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četvrtak, 12.01.2017 17:58

Handel – Water Music Suite Nos. 2 and 3

The suite from George Frideric Handel’s ‘Water Music’ was first heard during an aristocratic boating trip on River Thames in 1717. Baron Von Kielmansegg commissioned Handel to compose this suite, as the Baron was organizing this barge excursion to accompany King George I’s supper. Handel had been in the King’s employ from 1710 to 1713, and Von Kielmansegg was sorry to see Handel leave in 1713. He aimed to bring Handel to the King’s attention once more by means of the ‘Water Music Suite’. The suite consists of three movements, each of which are subdivided into smaller parts. The suite opens with a French Overture and contains minuets and a bourrée, a Baroque dance of French origin. The King enjoyed Handel’s ‘Water Music’ tremendously, and the piece was performed more than once during the barge excursion. The second and third suites are often performed together, because no instructions survived about the order in which the suite was to be played. There is a marked difference in mood between the Suite No. 2 and 3: the Suite No. 2 is upbeat, partly thanks to the trumpets, whereas the Suite No. 3 is more intimate.


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