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George Frederick Handel:
Other Composers' Water Music

The Water Music that Handel composed may be the most famous classical music associated with water, but there are lots of other composers who wrote watery pieces.

Music heard in this episode:
Telemann: Water Music
Debussy: La Mer
Britten: Peter Grimes
Sousa: Reine de la Mer
Schubert: Wohin
Grofe: Mississippi Suite
Smetana: Moldau
Strauss: Blue Danube
Handel: Hornpipe from Water Music

Other shows about George Frederick Handel:
About George Frederick Handel
The Story of Handel's Water Music Show
Music by Royalty and Nobility

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About George Frederick Handel
2/23/1685 - 4/14/1759
Born in Germany

Georg Friedrich Händel was born in Halle, Germany. But since he spent most of his professional life in England, he's better known as George Frederick Handel.

Even though Handel was very interested in music, his father (who was a barber and surgeon) was not. There's a story that Handel smuggled a clavichord -- a VERY quiet instrument -- into the house so that he could practice in secret. Handel's father insisted that his son become a lawyer, until the day that Handel sat down at the keyboard and dazzled a duke. The duke convinced Handel's father to let his son study music.

See other composers born in Germany


This Week's Quiz:

1. Which composer did NOT write music that is connected with Water?





2.What is the name of a famous waltz by Johann Strauss Jr.?

Beautiful Blue Danube

Waltz of the Flowers

Sleeping Beauty Waltz

Minute Waltz

3. What is a hornpipe?


sailors dance




George Frederick Handel
“Hornpipe” from Water Music

Composed in 1717
Performed by Capella Istropolitana
Bohdan Warchal, conductor

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