On Air Now
Smooth Classics with Margherita Taylor 10pm - 1am
This image appears in the gallery:
Alan Titchmarsh's Great British Discovery
The name of the final movement of Handel's Suite No. 5 in E major wasn't given by the composer. Was he inspired to write it upon hearing the hammer on an anvil in a smithy? Or did he hear a blacksmith singing the tune? Probably neither. In Dickens’s Great Expectations, Pip is given the nickname of Handel by in honour of his upbringing as a blacksmith, and in honour of this piece.