Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks - 2017

30 June 2017 - 9pm
Approximate duration: 
2h intermission including

Hervé Niquet, one of the masters of baroque music conducts his orchestra, the Concert Spirituel, for an open air concert followed by fireworks by Groupe F on the Royal Fireworks Music – Handel’s splendid celebration music.


The famous Music for the Royal Fireworks was composed in 1749 by Georg Friedrich Handel for the celebrations organized on the occasion of the signature of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle.

On this occasion King George II asked Handel for a celebratory composition to accompany a grand fireworks display over the Thames. Handel was a living glory in England at the time and the magnificent music he composed had a great impact on the public. Expectations were immense and 12000 people came to the rehearsal, which caused many incidents. The official performance on 27th April 1749 created a new musical order: around 80 musicians performed Handel’s masterpiece in an open air version: wind instruments and percussions were at the fore, but no string instruments, the sound was to be powerful enough to rival with the fireworks’ detonations! For this exceptional concert in Versailles, Hervé Niquet and his troupe of wind blowers will also interpret an orchestra suite by Charpentier, including his famous Te Deum; they will be accompanied by the Group F pyrotechnics magicians.



George-Friedrich HANDEL (1685-1759)

Music for the Royal Fireworks  (HWV 351)
Water Music  : Suite I (HWV 348) en Fa, Suite II (HWV 349) en Ré et Suite III (HWV 350) en Sol
Concerti grossi n°4 et n°5 opus 3 (extraits) :  Concerto n°4 : Andante, Allegro, Lentamente, et Concerto n° 5 : Allegro

Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER (1643-1704)

Marches pour les trompettes (extracts)
Te Deum 




Groupe F, fireworks


Le Concert Spirituel

Hervé Niquet, director

Family, Outdoors