Watermusic – Georg Friedrich Händel on plucked instruments

Last year was the 250th year after the death of Georg Friedrich Händel, and so Händels music was present in the media.

Händels music can also be played on plucked instruments, here I have collected some interesting examples:

Suite by Händel played by the Mandolin Orchestra Het CONSORT

Evan J. Marshall, Solo Mandolin: Handel’s Pastorale

One of the popular works by Händel is the Fireworks Music. Here is an interesting arrangement with 8-string guitar and domra:

Handel – Music for the Royal Fireworks – Abaca String Band

This is the Bourrée, La Paix: Largo alla siciliana, and La Réjouissance: Allegro – from George Frideric Handel’s “The Music for the Royal Fireworks (HWV 351)”, written in 1749 to celebrate the signing of a peace treaty ending the War of the Austrian Succession and the signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748.

Originally for Orchestra, Handel also did an arrangement for Violin and Harpsichord.

The Abaca String Band was founded in 1991 by Andrew Schulman. The members of the group are Schulman, Music Director/8-String Guitar, Robert Zubrycki/Violin, Tamara Volskaya/Domra-Mandolin, Julie Goodale/Viola, Bradley Lovelace/Double Bass.

Recorded at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, San Diego, CA, on October 22, 2008.

Music arranged by Andrew Schulman
Videography by Gary Stoefen


Finally I have a version of Händels’ Water Music:

Handel – Water Music – Suite in F maj – Alla Hornpipe


Additional infromation

Evan Marshall: http://www.solomandolin.com/

Orchester Corelli: http://digilander.libero.it/OrchestraCorelli/

Händel Haus – German Site of the house of birth of G. F. Händel with a lot of resources: Händel-Haus Halle

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