Wednesday Music: Handel’s ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’

Wednesday Music is back, everyone! I’ve found it’s very hard to motivate myself to blog while on vacation. All I want to do is sit around, shop, and sleep. But I’m trying to get back into blogging more often, so today I’m posting about George Frederic Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks,” HWV351. Here’s a bit about it.

  • King George II of Great Britain commissioned this piece from Handel in 1749. The occasion? Fireworks in London in April to celebrate the end of the War of the Austrian Succession.
  • This piece is a wind band suite. I’ve played it on my violin in orchestra, though, because we had an arrangement for string orchestra.
  • Handel actually wanted to write string instrument parts for this piece, but was told that King George II wanted only wind instruments and drums. I don’t know much about George II, but I don’t think he had very good taste in music if he actually refused to allow string instruments in a piece.


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