Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - G.F. Händel | Secrets of Organ Playing Contest Week 22
This is my entry for week 22 of the Secrets of Organ Playing Contest. I’m playing Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by G.F. Händel. It may sound familiar to you because it has been popularised as a wedding processional or recessional.
This piece is from the English oratorio ‘Solomon’, HWV 67 (Act 3). The story of the Queen of Sheba comes from the Hebrew Bible and depicts the Queen bringing gifts for King Solomon and is then entertained with music. Händel originally scored this piece for two oboes and strings—so what you are hearing today is an arrangement for organ.
Arrangements of orchestral works have come in and out of fashion on the organ over the last century. This is most likely due to the organ’s versatility in tonal colours and egress, allowing it to sound much like any instrument of the orchestra with just one player!
I hope you enjoy my entry.