Sheet Music: Alla Hornpipe

TitleAlla Hornpipe
from Water Music
Alternate titlesAllegro maestoso
Allegro deciso
Opus numberHWV 349
ComposerGeorge Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature3/2
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time3:25
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-05-14
Last updated2009-07-11
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Thursday 14 May 2009

Tune of the Day: Alla Hornpipe

from Handel's “Water Music”

The Water Music is a collection of orchestral movements, often considered as three suites, composed by German-English composer George Frideric Handel. It premiered in the summer of 1717, when King George I requested a concert on the River Thames. The concert was performed by 50 musicians playing on a barge close to the royal barge from which the King listened with some close friends. George I was said to have loved it so much that he ordered the exhausted musicians to play the suites three times on the trip.

Many portions of the Water Music have become familiar. The D major movement in 3/2 meter titled “Alla Hornpipe” is particularly notable and has been used frequently for television and radio commercials.

Other Movements from the same Work

12.Alla Hornpipe Flute solo
16.Sarabande Flute & Strings
19.Menuets Flute & Piano