Water Music’s 300th Anniversary

You would have to have been very far away indeed to have missed Monday’s coverage of the 300th Anniversary of George Frederick Handel’s Water Music.  What better for a #ThrowbackThursday post?

However, little has been said about the wonderful new display at The Foundling Museum that started on the 7th of July this year and will run until the 2nd of January 2018.

The display at the museum incorporates manuscripts, printed music, and artwork to look at both the work’s popularity and the Georgian practice of water parties. At its centre is the earliest surviving source for the music, on loan from The Royal Society of Musicians, which was copied by two scribes close to Handel.

Well worth a visit in our opinion.

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Happy Birthday Robert Mann!

Today we are wishing Robert Mann, born #OnThisDay in 1920, a very happy 97th birthday.

Mann is a violinist, composer, conductor, and founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet as well as being a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music. He was the first violinist at Juilliard and served on the school’s string quartet for over fifty years until his retirement in 1997.

Mann was also the founder and first artistic director of the Ravinia Stean’s Institute for Young Artists at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. He has also served as chairman of the Chamber music Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic and president of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation. In 1990, Mann was honoured as the recipient of the Chamber Music America Service Award and the annual award of the American String Teachers Association.

Mann has played and performed on many instruments, including those made by Antonio Stradivari and John Young. He was the subject of a 2014 documentary, titled Speak the Music.

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Is it an orchestra?

When does a large group of musicians become an orchestra?

When there’s lots of different instruments involved?
When they are controlled by a conductor?
When they play classical music?

Apparently, whilst all of the above is true, the defining characteristic is the inclusion of a string section. So much so that you can have a string orchestra.


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