On This Day 17 July

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-07-17
In 1917 the British Royal Family changed their name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor; in 1918 the Romanov family were executed and in 1980 they were finally buried; in 2018 a dig in Jordan discovered 9000 year old bread. In 1717 Handel's Water Music premiered on a barge on the Thames

King George I hosted a concert on barges on the 17th of July 1717 at which Water Music premiered

Two barges were seen by Londoners on the 17th of July 1717 going up and down the Thames. One of them was the Royal barge carrying King George I and his entourage and the other was provided by the City of London and carried the musicians who were playing Handel's Water Music for its premiere.

King George I was enamoured with the music and had the orchestra play it 3 times as they went down the Thames from Whitehall to Chelsea and back.

Alla Hornpipe is probably the most recognised section of the collection

It is thought that Handel wrote Water Music to regain favour of King George I who was previously the Elector of Hanover. Handel moved to London during the reign of Queen Anne which is said to have angered him.

George-Frideric-Handel-014 George Frideric Handel was born in 1685 in Prussia and moved to London in 1712 becoming a naturalised British subject in 1727. He died in 1759 and was given full state honours, being buried in Westminster Abbey.

The original score doesn't exist which means that no-one truly knows what it actually sounded like or in what order it was played during its premiere.

Other events on this day

  • 1717: Handel's Water Music was premiered on a barge on the River Thames in concert for King George I
  • 1917: British Royal family changed their name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor
  • 1918: Romanov family was executed in Russia
  • 1980: Romanov family buried
  • 2018: archaeological dig in Jordan discovered the oldest evidence of bread
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