Picture two barges flowing side-by-side down the Mississippi River; a crowd on one, and on the opposite barge, a concert is taking place. You're thinking "hipsters," right? Well, 300 years ago, pre-hipster era, a barge was a concert venue fit for a king — King George I, to be exact. King George I commissioned Handel to compose music to be performed on the River Thames. The result: Handel's Water Music, which premiered on a barge on July 17, 1717.
In acknowledgment of the 300th anniversary of Handel's Water Music, we are asking you to vote for your favorite pieces of music inspired by H2O. Then, be sure to listen to Classical MPR on Monday, July 17, when Steve Staruch counts down your favorite pieces of water music.
Voting has closed. Find the countdown results here.