Water Music at Sunset

The beautiful lake is always an attraction, but never more so than at sunrise or sunset.
I loved looking at the early sunset through the illuminated flag at the back of the steamboat.

But I do believe that this lilac sky is my favourite on this particular day.

I had read about a new kind of evening cruise which included a classical music concert!
The fact that it featured a well loved piece of music made the idea even more exciting.

There was a live orchestra on board playing
Water Music by Georg Friederich Haendel.
So appropriate!
You can listen to it 

It was magnificently interpreted and I especially loved the horns and trumpets
So joyful!
Water Music was originally created in 1717
for King George 1st of England
and it was played on the Royal Barge with 50 musicians
as it floated along the River Thames on July 7th, 1717,
The King loved it so much that he asked the musicians to play it over several times!

G.F. Haendel, gifted musician and composer, born in Germany.
he travelled and lived in several European countries
 and he lived in England for many years till the end of his life.
He even taught music to the King's children.


I have heard that another musical cruise may be organized at some time in the future.
I shall definitely want to go again, especially if the music is as beautiful as this concert!

A last colourful look at the sky right after the sun went down.



26 comments

  1. Oh yes, that sounds wonderful and what a setting!

    S x

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. It was a really lovely experience that I would love to repeat!

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  2. Stunning shots! So beautiful...

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    1. Many thanks, Fi. It's really lovely to go down to the lake, especially for an evening cruise!

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  3. How charming! And how lucky you were to have a beautiful day and a beautiful sunset.

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    1. Thank you, Jenny. The evening was perfect for a beautiful sunset and the concert was perfect!

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  4. I have never heard of a musical cruise, but what a delightful idea!! Your photos capture the evening so perfectly, Sandra!

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    1. The musical cruise is a new idea on the steam boats. It's a wonderful initiative, I hope they will do more! Thank you, Carol!

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  5. Oh gosh, so pretty.
    The last one is my favorite, seems magical to me.

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    1. The colours in the sky and water were amazing, especially when the sun had disappeared!
      Thank you, Tammie!

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  6. Breathtaking, Sandra! What a beautiful way to watch the sun going down!

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    1. It was such a gorgeous evening, Cathy, and the music was full of joy and beauty!

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  7. Definitely, violet sunsets reconcile us with the majesty of nature, and this feeling is reinforced if accompanied by the magnificence of Haendel's music. What a wonderful way to end a day in early fall! I've always thought that autumn has the most beautiful sunsets of the year. Pleased that you enjoyed it and grateful that you shared it with us. Have a lovely weekend, dear! 💕🍃🌸🍃

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! I agree that autumn sunsets are spectacular and the wonderful 'Water Music' being played added to the wonderful moments!

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  8. What a wonderful idea . . . I hope you get the chance to do another.
    FANTASTIC sunset too . . . simply stunning.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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    1. Thanks, Sarn! The sunset was exceptionally beautiful and the wonderful music just added to the beauty of everything! I believe the steamboat company wants to organize another musical cruise, but I'm not sure when!

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  9. What breathtaking photographs, Sandra. That last sky is my favorite. The colors are amazing, and I love that little sliver of a moon. I hope you get to take another concert cruise sometime. It must have been a nice experience for the musicians, too, to be creating such beautiful music in such a setting.

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    1. Many thanks, Susan. The sunset was particularly beautiful that evening and being on the lake at that time of the day is a wonderful experience. We certainly all enjoyed the music and I believe the musicians did too! It was a first experience for them and for us. I think that the enthusiastic public will encourage future musical cruises!

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  10. The moment I read your title I was thinking of Händel who is my favorite composer, and the music started playing in my head. It must have been magnificent to listen to it on a boat at sunset - oh my, what a wonderful setting! Your photos tell a beautiful story.
    There is another beautiful water music, a suite by Georg Philipp Telemann, also a German Baroque composer. You probably know it.

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  11. That Water Music by Haendel was magnificent and so joyful. The lake setting was perfect too as we cruised slowly along at sunset! I have heard that they are thinking of doing Vivaldi's Four Seasons on a future cruise! Thanks so much for your kind words.
    No, I didn't know the Water Music by G.P. Telemann, but I went to listen to it! The part I listened to sounded like a long, slow dance.

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  12. Oh my, your last photo is gorgeous! There is no better place to be at sunset than on a boat. The water reflecting the colors is stunning.

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    1. Thanks so much, Michelle. The colours were so gorgeous that evening. I do love to be down by the lake at sunrise and sunset!

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  13. Un crucero música!!?? Nunca lo había oído,suen s genial!!!
    Saludos,tienes a una nueva seguidora 😀

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