Handel - Water Music Suite No. 2 in D-Major, HWV 349

The Water Music is a collection of orchestral movements, often published as three suites, composed by George Frideric Handel. It premiered on 17 July 1717 after King George I had requested a concert on the River Thames. In Chrysander's Gesellschaft edition of Handel's works it is noted (in volume 47, published in 1886), where the movements from the "suites" in D and G were mingled and published as one work with HWV 348. This sequence derives from Samuel Arnold's first edition of the complete score in 1788 and the manuscript copies dating from Handel's lifetime. Chrysander's edition also contains an earlier version of the first two movements of HWV 349 in the key of F major composed in 1715 (originally scored for two natural horns, two oboes, bassoon, strings and continuo), where in addition to the horn fanfares and orchestral responses, the original version contained an elaborate concerto-like first violin part. First performed on the evening of Wednesday, 17 July 1717, WIKIPEDIA

 VIDEO: The English Concert, on period instruments. Trevor Pinnock, conductor. Composed by G.F. Handel (1685-1759).

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