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Water Music definition

A set of pieces for orchestra by George Frederick Handel. Parts of it appear to have been written for a festival that took place on boats on the Thames River in England.

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  • The only ones who paid any attention to water music were the Rejects, and they didn't count.

    Wainer Michael Shaara
  • This is the story of the origin of the famous "water music."

  • The water music has a grand Serenade in the form of a suite comprising more than twenty movements.

    Handel Romain Rolland
  • This “water music,” as it was called, procured for him the King's pardon.

    Critical & Historical Essays Edward MacDowell
  • The first Concerto dates from about 1715, and furnished two movements for the water music.

    Handel Romain Rolland
  • Handel won his friendship again by writing the water music for a royal boat procession on the river Thames.

  • Thereupon Handel wrote the twenty-five little concerted pieces known under the title of "water music."

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