Merritts Hill Music

Merritts Hill Music

Fireworks Music - Overture and Réjouissance

G.F. Händel

Category: Wind Band  > Classics

Duration: 4' 30"

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These two movements were arranged to give a baroque opportunity to young players who might never get an authentic one. The Overture is close to the original key, bearing in mind that Händel's pitch was probably lower than ours anyway. The Rejoicing is taken from the trumpet key of D and put in the "other" (horn) key of F, which allows the trumpets to play in an enjoyable register. The band for which it was written had plenty of oboes and bassoons, which give the right flavour but are not essential. The drums may offend some purists, but they're fun.