#264 – Water Music by George Frederic Handel, Akademie für Musik Berlin

It’s been a shocking amount of time since I selected a classical album.  I picked this because I have a book of classical guitar pieces that I’ve been working my way through over the years, and Suite No. 1: VI: Air is one that I’ve been working on for the past few weeks.  Early in the lockdown, when I was spending my days as the least qualified childcare provider available, the only thing I would have time to do for myself was sit down and play guitar for a few minutes at a time.  As most of the works in this book are only a page or two, I decided that learning as many of them as possible was a potentially achievable pandemic goal.  Also, this pick falls in line with my theme of music from nations that America has traditionally allied ourselves with.  We’ll just ignore the fact that Handel premiered Water Music in 1717, almost sixty years before the United States came into existence, as well as the fact that the English were not our friends for quite some time after it did.

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