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Water Music

In 1714 George Frederic Handel composed Water Music at the request of Baron Kilmanseck for a “royal aquatic fete.”  Hamilton Hardy, an English composer (and conductor) of the late 19th to mid 20th century, took Handel’s wonderful music and arranged it for a larger orchestra, adding several additional instruments, in the late 1920s.

This is the version Robert Weiss chose on which to create his ballet Water Music for Pennsylvania Ballet in 1987.  Water Music was originally created on Melissa Podcasy, Marin Boieru, and Debra Austin.  The ballet uses the water motif choreographically in courtly dances evoking images of fountains of flowing water.