Water Music

Water Music is a collection of three orchestral dance suites by Baroque composer George Frideric Handel. The second movement from the second suite, entitled Alla Hornpipe, is one of the highlights of the composition. It’s a stately dance in 3/2 meter comprised of two contrasting themes. The first theme, in D major, displays decorative ornamentation and playful syncopation while the second theme, in B minor, features fast-moving contrapuntal lines. 

Water Music was performed for a royal excursion on the Thames River in London on July 17, 1717 after which the Daily Courant reported “his Majesty liked [it] so well, that he caus’d it to be played over three times in going and returning.”

This arrangement of the biggest summer jam of 1717 is available through Tapspace.