MONTHLY MUSIC & TIPS: "Air" from Water Music Suite


Water Music is a suite of short pieces for small orchestra by George Frideric Handel. Most of the pieces were originally intended for outdoor performance, and the work premiered on a barge on the River Thames, where it provided entertainment for a royal cruise hosted by King George I of Great Britain on July 17, 1717. The King was so delighted with the new work that he asked to hear it over and over—for a total of four performances, lasting about an hour apiece.

This organ solo arrangement features orchestral instruments easily accessible in Rodgers organs as onboard high-resolution samples. The advantage of a new Rodgers technology called Enhanced Orchestral Couplers allows the organist to simultaneously play two distinct orchestral instruments as a duet on one manual. Information to prepare the organ is detailed in the document.