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The Water Music is a collection of orchestral movements, often considered as three suites, composed by George Frideric Handel. It premiered in the summer of 1717 when King George I requested a concert on the River Thames. The concert was performed by 50 musicians that joined King George I on his barge. King George I was said to have loved it so much that he ordered Handel to play the suites three times on the trip.
All the instruments in the Baroque orchestra were brought except the harpsichord since it was impossible to bring an instrument of such size onto the barge.
The instruments include: Two horns, two oboes, one bassoon and the strings.
The "Water Music" opens with a French overture and includes minuets, bourrées and hornpipes. It is divided into three suites:
1. Suite in F major, HWV 348
2. Suite in D major, HWV 349
3. Suite in G major, HWV 350
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