The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

When I am not busy being vexed, I enjoy music.  

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I am really fond of the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. The strings immediately get hold of you, allegro, you have to follow, you have to slightly haste, but you become music, and it feels so joyous that you just want to go on. The oboe has obviously never felt so good, and has a lot to say. The procession is lively, and delightfully bright.

This piece was premiered in 1749, as the first scene of Act III of Salomon. It’s baroque, it’s Handel, and it is just very uplifting, and gracefully playful.