George Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach composed some of the most beloved music of all time. Ironically, both were born and raised in Germany in the same year, 1685. Bach lived until 1750, Handel until 1759. The inspiring and elegant work of these two men literally has come to represent the very definition of the term “Baroque Music.”
Handel is most often remembered for composing The Messiah, with its famous “Hallelujah Chorus.” (Bach is remembered for composing just about everything else). But, in addition,
Handel’s “Water Music” remains one of his most enduring compositions. What you are listening to is his “Suite in D Major,” often referred to as “Suite No. 2.” (There are three entire suites that comprise the complete “Water Music.” ) To make it a little more confusing, each suite is made up of several parts. “Alla Hornpipe” is the name given to the 2nd movement of the 2nd suite.
The piece is known for its regal nobility and triumphant trumpets. It runs deep and powerfully. And it translates so beautifully into other instruments, as it sounds just as spectacular with a string quartet if you are using traditional “Classical” Music. It’s definitely a bold choice for your recession. But if you can “own” that sense of elegant monarchy and power for just a few minutes, it’s an exquisite solution.
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