Wedding Music

Air from the Water Music

A tuneful piece of organ music from the Water Music, often played at wedding ceremonies

Full Title Air from the Water Music by George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1757)

Notes The famous “Water Party” was held on July 17, 1717. For this Handel wrote his “Water Music”. It is said that the king adored the music so much that he ordered it performed three different times during the party (rumored to be twice before dinner and once after) though each performance was about an hour long. The Hornpipe from the Water Music is also often requested at weddings. This lilting, calm piece with several sections, so can be made long or short. Handel’s Water Music is a goldmine for wedding music.

Duration 2 minutes 30 seconds, but easily extended or shortened

Performers required

  • Organ alone
  • Piano alone
  • Solo instrument, such as flute or violin, accompanied by Organ or Piano

Source of printed music Organ arrangement by Christopher Morris in The Oxford Book of Wedding Music, published by Oxford University Press, 1991

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