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.

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Organ arrangement by Christopher Morris - in the book The Oxford Book of Wedding Music, published by Oxford University Press, 1991

Air from the Water Music by George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1757)
Statue of Handel