Handel premiered this piece while sailing on a river barge. Handel and his orchestra sailed down the river on one barge and the King of England sailed on another. The king enjoyed the music so much that Handel was asked to perform it three times that day.
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More About the Composer
George Frideric Handel was born on February 23, 1685 in the North German province of Saxony in the same year as Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. George’s father wanted him to be a lawyer even though music captivated his attention. His mother, however, supported his interest in music and he was allowed to take keyboard and music composition lessons. His aunt gave him a harpsichord for his seventh birthday which Handel played whenever he had the chance. Read more…