Music for the Royal Fireworks, The (arr Boudreau)
George Frideric Handel (arr. Robert Boudreau)
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Handel's Royal Fireworks Music was composed in 1749 for a mammoth festival proclaimed by King George II to celebrate the Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle following the war of the Austrian succession. In the outdoor setting of Green Park a large wooden building was erected with broad wings and a huge musicians' gallery. On it were figures of Mars and Neptune, and above, a bas relief of King George handing Peace to Britannia. Amid the splendid setting, Handel's music was to be the feature attraction, followed by a tremendous display of fireworks. The performance of the music was accorded great acclaim and was followed by cannon and ordnance shots, but the fireworks proved fitful and erratic. In the grand finale the entire building was set on fire and burned to the ground, enraging the king whose image crumbled and fell in flames. Only Handel's reputation remained unscathed, fur the music brought a governorship and the lasting favor of the king.
Like the Water Music, the work was scored for a large wind band consisting of 40 trumpets, 20 French horns, 16 oboes, 16 bassoons, 8 pair of kettledrums, flutes, fifes, and a serpent. In this edition for the modern wind band, the work has been arranged in concerto grosso with small and large groups.
- Program Note from Program Notes for Band
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- Alabama: Class B
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- Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Patricia Cornett, conductor) – 27 January 2019
- Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Patricia Cornett, conductor) – 28 November 2018
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Amen (arr. Grace)
- Antiphonal Alleluia (arr. Liebergen) (1746/1999)
- Arm, Arm, Ye Brave (arr. Barrow) (1746/1980)
- Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (arr. Allen) (1748/2007)
- Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (arr. Kenny) (1748/1988)
- Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (arr. Ricketts) (1748/2004)
- Concerto Grosso, Op 6
- Conquering Hero Comes, The, from "Judas Maccabeus"
- Dead March from "Saul"
- Entrance of the Queen of Sheba (arr. Marlatt) (1748/2011)
- Finale Grandioso (arr. Philip Gordon)
- Hail the Conquering Hero (arr. Marlatt) (2008)
- Hallelujah (arr. Davis and Longfield) (1741/2004)
- Hallelujah Chorus (arr Ades) (1741/1958)
- Hallelujah Chorus (arr. Johnson) (1741/1951)
- Hallelujah Chorus (arr. Chiaffarelli) (1741/1941)
- Hallelujah Chorus (arr. Rondeau) (1741/2010)
- Hallelujah Chorus (arr. Stanton) (1741)
- Hornpipe from "Water Music Suite" (1749)
- La Rejouissance (arr. Williams)
- La Rejouissance from "Music for the Royal Fireworks" (arr. Seipp)
- Larghetto (arr. Bullock) (1738/1994)
- Let Me Weep (arr. Haan) (1711/2004)
- Menuetto from Symphony No. 104 "London" (arr. Glover)
- Messiah Overture (arr. Johnson) (1741/1966)
- Music for the Royal Fireworks (arr. Erickson) (1749/1997)
- Music for the Royal Fireworks, The (arr Boudreau) (arr. Boudreau) (1749/1959)
- Music for the Royal Fireworks, The (arr Mackerras) (arr. Mackerras and Baines) (1749/1960)
- No Shade So Rare (arr. Forsblad) (1738/1999)
- Overture in D Minor
- Royal Fireworks Music (arr. Sartorius) (1749/1941)
- Slow March from "Scipio"
- Song of Jupiter (arr. Anderson) (1952)
- Suite from "Messiah" (trans. Curnow) (1741/1989)
- Thanks Be to Thee
- Three Movement from "Water Music" (arr. Wagner) (1715/2014)
- Water Music (arr. Longfield) (1717/1997)
- Water Music Suite (arr. Erickson) (1717/1985)
- Water Music Suite (arr. Kanayama) (1717)
- Water Music Suite (arr. Kay) (1717/1950)
- Zadok the Priest
- Handel, H.; Bourdreau, R. (1959). Music for the Royal Fireworks [score]. Peters: New York.
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 268