Music for a fireworks display? Is it at all audible above the firecrackers and bangers? Handel wrote his Fireworks Music on a commission from the king of England who wanted to celebrate a peace treaty and to make a big noise about it.
But under one condition: only warlike instruments should be used. But why on earth did the king want warlike instruments if he wanted to celebrate peace? Did Handel comply with the condition? And what are “warlike instruments” in the first place? In this family concert, we’ll find out together!