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Georg Friedrich Handel

Water Music for Three Guitars



This is a transcription for three guitars of Georg Friedrich Handel’s Water Music,

Suite # 2 in D major, originally written for winds, horns and strings. 

 

The Water Music is one of Handel’s most celebrated compositions.  It premiered on July 17, 1717 and was composed at the request of King George I.  The concert is said to have been performed by fifty musicians playing on a barge on the River Themes.  The King and his party listened from the royal barge and the entire group traveled on the Themes from London to Chelsea or Lambeth.  Some accounts record that the King so enjoyed the music he asked that the entire concert be repeated three times.

 

This edition is designed for concert performance as well as for classroom instruction.  The score is presented with amply notated guitar fingerings for each of the three parts.  Also included are separate parts for each of the guitars.



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Click here to listen to a live radio performance by the Atlanta Guitar Trio of the Hornpipe.


Below is a You Tube playlist of two videos that play the score of the Hornpipe and Coro while sampled guitars play the music: