Handel Air from Water Music


Composer: G. F. Handel
Category: Classical

The Air from Handel's Water Music is the 5th movement in a suite of pieces composed (along with two other complete suites) for England's King George I in 1717. George had commissioned the music for a concert meant to be performed while he and a group of friends traveled together down the River Thames after a party. The concert actually began after midnight, and it was said that King George loved the music so much, he had the musicians play through all three suites 3 times!

The Air itself is wonderfully suitable for wedding processional music, lending itself to a stately walking pace. It is typically performed by strings, as it would have been in the original concert on the water.


Sheet music (piano solo)
Sheet music (string quartet score and parts)
Sheet music (piano and C instrument solo, eg. flute or violin)


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