Water Music (arr Longfield)

From Wind Repertory Project
George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (arr. Robert Longfield)

Subtitle: Overture and Alla Hornpipe

General Info

Year: 1717 / 1997
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $68.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Shortly after the ascension of George I to the English throne, Handel was requested to compose some music for the occasion of an aquatic festival given by the king. This festival was held August 22, 1715, on the River Thames. For the occasion Handel wrote a suite of 20-odd pieces which were performed by a band of musicians under his direction. It is interesting to note that he composed the music for a group of wind instruments. Thus, we may regard the suite as an original band work. The musicians were seated upon a barge immediately following that of the king, and played continuously during the voyage from Limehouse to Whitehall.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

  • Georgia: III
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville, conductor) – 26 February 2020

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Handel, G.; Longfield, R. (1997). Water Music: Overture and Alla Hornpipe [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Perusal score
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 268