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Air from the Harpsichord Pieces by G. F. Handel


Georg Friedrich Handel's Air (HWV 471) in B flat major is a charming piece, originally for harpsichord. While it is simple, it is beautiful, sure to please both the performer and listeners.

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Handel's Air for harpsichord is short and sweet. In this arrangement for harp, the right hand and left hand alternate in importance. For more advanced players this piece provides a good basis for ornamentation or improvisation. Great for practicing hand independence and scales, but more fun than an etude!

Two pages; intermediate; several lever changes (B flat to B natural, F to F#, Eb to E); key of B flat major. Suggested fingerings included. Arranged for full size harp (lowest note second F below middle C), but easy to adapt for therapy harp as there are only a few notes outside the range.

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