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Every two weeks, Alexander Street offers a free music download from our popular online music collection. This download is freely available, regardless of whether or not your library subscribes to the collection.

Water Music Suite No. 1 in F Major, HWV 348 by George Frideric Handel 

Water Music, three instrumental suites, by George Frideric Handel (1685–1759) was first performed on a summer evening in July 1717 on the River Thames for King George I. The common title is appropriate, as the music was played literally on the river – the king was travelling by barge from Whitehall Palace to Chelsea, and musicians were arranged on a neighboring barge as he made his trip. Typical of Baroque instrumental suites, several movements are dance forms including the minuet, bourrée, hornpipe, and rigaudon. 
 
This recording features selections from the first of the three Water Music suites, Suite No. 1 in F Major, HWV 348. It is performed by the Orchestre Symphonique de Radio-Télé-Luxembourg under the direction of Louis De Froment.

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