Handel: Water Music

Water Music composed by Georg Friedrich Händel is one of the exquisite pieces of baroque music. According to legend he composed it in order to be restored to George I’s good grace. 

It is a historic facts that the King liked this piece of music: fifty musicians played it on a rocking boat on the river Thames at a feast organised by him in 1717, three times in a row at the king’s request as the story goes. Each and every musical instrument in the arsenal of a baroque orchestra has a role in this particular piece of music. The rising and fading of the rich tone evokes the heaves of water and is produced by horns, trumpets, timpani, woodwind instruments and strings.