Handel: Water Music (1717)
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6. Handel: Water Music (1717)
Handel wrote this music for an outdoor performance for King George I on the River Thames. The King watched from the royal barge with various dukes and duchesses as the 50 musicians played nearby. His Majesty enjoyed the music so much, he asked the musicians to play the three suites three times over the course of the trip down the river.