George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Zadok the Priest
Handel wrote Zadok the Priest for the coronation of King George II in 1727. Amazingly the piece has been performed at the coronation service of every British monarch ever since. The words are taken from the King James Bible. The piece is majestic and the orchestral introduction builds and builds before the choir bursts into song. Handel wrote this piece hoping that the sound would fill the huge space of Westminster Abbey. If you're a football fan you might recognise this music as a version of it is used as the theme of the UEFA Champions League. Listen out for the powerful words and phrases the singers use like "Rejoice!" and "God Save the King!"
Water Music Suite No. 3 in G Major
Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major