• I. Overture– “A piece of music played at the beginning of an opera, or musical play”; in this case, the beginning movement to a suite of dances.

    II. Hornpipe– Any of several dance forms played and danced in Britain and Ireland, from the 16th century to the present day. Hornpipes are always written in triple meter time signatures. One of the most well known Hornpipes is the movement from Handel’s Water Music.

    IV. Aria– Originally “aria” referred to any expressive, vocal melody. By the end of the 16th century, the term began to be used in reference to an instrumental form, such as the one in the Water Music. Instrumental arias are written in ternary form, meaning an A-B-A form, with the B section usually in a different key. Often the key is either in the dominant key of the first section, (on the 5th step of the scale), or in the relative minor key, G Major/g minor.

    VI. Bourrée– A bourrée is often an optional movement in a suite of dances, with a French origin. They are usually written in duple time, and begin with an anacrusis, (a pick-up), of a quarter bar.

    VII. Minuet– A minuet is a social dance of French origin, usually in ¾ time. Minuets are most often written in binary form, with the first section consisting of two repeated sections of 8 bars each. The second main section of a minuet is frequently longer than the first, and sometimes in a contrasting key. Basically, minuets are constructed as two minuets, played one by one, and held together by means of a “D. C. al fine”, (Da Capo, the beginning, to the end), and heard as an A-B-A form.

    VIII. Gigue– A gigue is a lively Baroque dance originating from the British jig. Gigues are often written in contrapuntal style, (a piece of music with two or more independent melodic lines). Gigues often have strong accents on the third beat. They are written in binary form, with contrasting keys being very common.

    IX. Coro– Generally, “coro” refers to a choral piece of music. In the case of the Water Music, as it is the final movement of the suite, it may be considered a reference to King George I, who commissioned the work by Handel, to be performed on a barge accompanying the king on the Thames River. (Coro=coronation).

    The other movements of the Water Music suite, are not given specific titles, and the reference to the style of performance can be drawn from the tempo indications;

    III- Andante con moto… walking tempo with movement, motion

    V- Lentement- to play in a relaxed tempo, slowly