Sunday, July 1, 2012
George Frideric Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks
Handel was the most famous "English" (actually German) composer of his day in 1749. When the dress rehearsal for this was performed in Vauxhall, it caused a three hour traffic jam as Handel's many London admirers scrambled to hear His Majesty's music. They should have waited until the premiere, which was a disaster. An enormous picture of the King collapsed, setting the concert hall on fire.
We don't have any record of what George's grandson and successor, George III, thought of the spectacle. Likely not as destructive to Royal interests as a certain unpleasantness that would occur thirty years later.
And so my wish for you is that you have a spectacular Fourth of July. Without the whole concert hall burning down thing.