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Alla Hornpipe from the Water Music, advanced pedal harp solo
The Water Music was composed by George Frideric Handel in 1717 in response to a request from King George I of England for a concert on the River Thames.
King George boarded the royal barge at Whitehall Palace, (accompanied by dukes and duchesses, earls and countesses) and floated leisurely up the Thames toward Chelsea, followed by another barge carrying the orchestra of 50 musicians, who performed as they floated down the river. The king was so pleased by Handel’s music that he commanded it to be repeated at least 3 times, both on the way to Chelsea and on the return to Whitehall. The celebratory mood of the ALLA HORNPIPE movement makes it a wonderful wedding recessional! It is also appropriate for any other joyous occasion.
This arrangement for pedal harp solo by Stephanie Bennett (“One of our country’s top harpists” - the Hollywood Reporter) is meticulously notated with fingerings, pedal changes and muffles where needed. All markings are explained in the Performance Notes.
If you print it out on paper, make sure to place the EVEN numbered pages on the LEFT and the ODD numbered pages on the RIGHT. That way, the page turns will be at convenient points at the ends of page 5 (the second page of music) and page 7 (the fourth page of music, whereupon you’ll need to turn back a page for the DS).
The CD containing a recording of this arrangement, “A Beautiful Classic Wedding” by Lace & Roses Music, is available on harpworld.com. MP3 is available on AppleMusic.