I heard part of this on the radio yesterday, in honor of all the fireworks going on for the 4th of July, and it’s a work I don’t hear often enough, so here it is! I’m developing a better appreciation of the Baroque Era over the last few years, but I’ve always enjoyed the music of George Fredric Handel, particularly this piece. Here is the “Music for the Royal Fireworks,” written for wind instruments to accompany fireworks for King George II on…some occasion or another. (Look it up yourselves, folks!)
This particular ensemble plays on period instruments (note the valveless trumpets in particular), and take note of the colorful and charismatic conductor.