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Book Title: Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks|
The author of the book: Georg Friedrich Händel
Edition: Dover Publications
Date of issue: June 13th 2012
ISBN 13: 9780486406381
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Two of the most popular Baroque orchestral works in the repertoire appear here in a single volume. Full of charm and tremendous variety, Water Music features a colorful blend of concerto and dance suites and presents the first great peak in Handel's orchestral music. This suite is expansive, unflaggingly inspired outdoor music, written for a large orchestra manipulated with sovereign skill. Music for the Royal Fireworks — composed to acknowledge the Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle — is specially noted for its brilliant overture and combination of tunefulness and grandeur. For a public rehearsal of this celebratory music, a crowd of some 12,000 stopped all traffic on London Bridge in order to witness the distinguished composer — a great and popular favorite of his time and ever since.
Reproduced here from an authoritative early edition, both works appear in full score with bar-numbered movements for easy reference. Ideal for study in the classroom, at home, or in the concert hall, this affordable, high-quality, conveniently sized volume will be the edition of choice for music students and music lovers alike.
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Read information about the authorBorn the same year as Bach, Händel desired to study music against the wishes of his father. He became a violinist in the opera house of Hamburg, and then at twenty one travelled to Italy. On his return, he accepted the position of director of music to the Elector of Hanover, but soon left for England. A few years after his arrival, the Elector became king of England, securing Händel's position within the music sphere of the country.
He first composed operas for the Royal Academy of Music, which operated as a public opera house, however, when Italian opera lost its popularity, he turned to composing oratorios, the most famous being the "Messiah". Before his death, Händel went blind, but continued to play the harpsicord at his oratorio performances. He is buried next to Charles Dickens in the Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey.
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