Harmonious Blacksmith, The

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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (arr. James Syler)

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General Info

Year: 1720 / 2020
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Harpsichord
Publisher: James Syler
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $75.00   |   (digital) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone (optional)
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

G.F. Handel published eight harpsichord suites in 1720 that showcase his mastery as a 35-year-old keyboard virtuoso. The Air and Variations is the final movement from the Suite No. 5 in E major. Through the years it’s become popular, and in the early 19th century took on the nickname The Harmonious Blacksmith. It is dazzling music, and considering the many colors available from woodwinds, this version for woodwind ensemble becomes kaleidoscopic, full of textural color, and fun to play.

This arrangement for full woodwind ensemble was completed in 2020 and celebrates the 300th anniversary of this music. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic when most college and high school bands have had to meet in smaller ensembles, it can be performed by 15-22 players.

The arrangement was commissioned by a consortium of four universities from Louisiana led by Dr. William Hochkeppel.

- Program Note by arranger


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Leslie Kupetz, conductor) - 23 February 2021
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette Wind Ensemble (William Hochkeppel, conductor) – 18 October 2020 *Premiere Performance*

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