from Water Music Suite in D Major, HWV349
by George Frideric Handel
George Frideric Handel was born in 1685 in Halle, Germany and died in 1759 in London, England. In Handel’s time, Germany was part of the Holy Roman Empire.
Handel’s father tried his best to discourage Handel from pursuing a career in music. Fortunately for us, his mother thought it was a great idea and greatly encouraged him. Handel went on to become the equivalent of a modern-day Rockstar.
Bourrée is a lively dance with two main beats in a bar. Bourrée is from a collection of three suites composed by Handel that are known as Water Music. In 1717 the three suites were performed for King George 1 on a barge on the River Thames in London. King George 1 listened from another barge up ahead on the river. After this, the suites were forever known as Water Music.
Step 1. Watch the video to learn about the Oboe Reed
Step 2. Listen to the TSO recording of Bourrée
Step 3. Answer 10 questions
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