Happy birthday, George

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) composed his oratorio Solomon in 1748, and the sinfonia that introduces the third act, “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba,” turned out to be one of his greatest hits. Originally scored for oboes and strings, the piece has been adapted to any number of instruments and combinations of instruments, including even some instruments that did not exist in the eighteenth century when the piece was composed. I especially like this version for solo harp (an instrument that has been with us since Biblical times). 

7 Responses to Happy birthday, George

  1. Thomas says:

    Bravo. Here’s another of Handel’s greatest hits:

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  2. THANX Bob. I always thought this would be my wedding march introduction….back when I wanted to get married. On the harp, I still think it would be purrfect.

    It certainly lifted my spirits today. ~~dru~~

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  3. Yes, it sounds great when arranged for modern harp, sax 4tet, and so on. Thanks for spreading the word. The harp arrangement was new to me. The video does not show the pedals; my guess is that the arrangement exploits the chromaticism of the modern harp and requires nimble feet as well as nimble fingers.

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