Water Music Suite, No. 3b, Air (d min.)

George Frideric Handel
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Classical music
String quartet
Instrumental parts
Related scores
Overture to "H. M. S. Pinafore" (for Fl., Vln., Vc. Trio), Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2 in D Major (String Orchestra), War March of the Priests from Athalia, Libiamo ne’ lieti calici (Drinking Song) from La Traviata (for string quartet), Overture to "The Mikado" (String Quartet), The Marines’ Hymn (From the Halls of Montezuma), Overture to "Die Fledermaus", Royal Fireworks Music, Overture, Country Dance No. 1 (for Two French Horns), Largo from Xerxes (for String Quintet - 3 violins, viola, & cello), Radetzky March, Op.228 (Sax Quartet-AATB or SATB), Annen Polka, Op. 117, Water Music Suite, No. 8, Hornpipe (F), Sheep May Safely Graze (Chorale Melody in Viola), Ah! Maria, Marí! (Ah! Marie), The Big Book of Christmas Carols II for Clarinet Quartet, The Prince of Denmark’s March (Harpsichord), Ein Mannlein steht im Walde (from the opera Hansel und Gretel), Sheep May Safely Graze (Chorale Melody in Violin), Anchors Aweigh, O mio babbino caro (1918) (for wordless voice and string quartet), The Water Is Wide (O Waly, Waly), Laudate Dominum, K. 339 (Abridged) for Soprano amd String Quartet, The Star-Spangled Banner (Bb) (SAB), Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean (1843), Canon in D, for String Quartet, Ave Maria (Solo Viola in String Quartet. w/ opt. Voice/Piano) G, The Big Book of Christmas Carols II for String Orchestra, Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 8 (Christmas Concerto), Funeral March for a Marionette, Water Music Suite, No. 5, Air (F), Still wie die Nacht (String Quartet), Annen Polka, Op, 117 (Saxophone Quartet), La donna e mobile (for String Quartet) and Fanfare for Brass Quartet

From Handel's Water Music Suite No. 1 in F Major, this is the the Air in D Minor. In the original, it is preceded by No. 3a (Allegro deciso) which is then reprised in a da capo immediately following the Air. If performing this music without No. 3a (Allegro deciso), omit the final two bars which are used to transition once again into No. 3a (Allegro deciso), or may be used to transition into No. 11, Hornpipe. The music of the Air in D Minor is quiet and contemplative, and is suitable as music for prayers, meditations, and seating at weddings and funerals, as well as for use in concert. Visit my website at: http://members.sibeliusmusic.com/jjacklich/ to check out my other arrangements and compositions.

Which method of viewing music should I use?

Score Exchange has two methods to display previews of music: seView which uses regular html and javascipt and the Scorch plug-in from Avid which needs to be downloaded and installed onto your computer. Both have advantages and disadvantages:


seView, is the most compatible option. You should be able to view music on all modern web browsers including most mobile devices. Even if your device does not support javascript you should still be able to preview at least page one of the music.

You do not need to install any additional software to use seView.


Scorch is a free plug-in from Avid for displaying and printing music. It can also play the music that you're seeing. As modern web browsers are updated, Scorch is no longer compatible with many browsers. Scorch has never been compatible with mobile devices and some web browsers on Mac computers.

If your web browser does not install Scorch automatically, you can click here to download and install scorch manually.

cloud scorch goes here

Licensing for this music

This score was published on Score Exchange by Joel Jacklich. When you buy it, you are granted a license that includes the following:

Sharing the file you download
When you buy the score - make multiple copies
When you buy parts - make multiple copies

For anything not permitted by the above licence then you should contact the publisher first to obtain permission.

In order to submit this score to ScoreExchange.com Joel Jacklich has declared that they own the copyright to this work in its entirety or that they have been granted permission from the copyright holder to use their work. If you believe that this score should be not available here because it infringes your or someone elses copyright, please report this score using the copyright abuse form.