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Today in WMH: The City Can’t “Handel” It.

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4/21 Today in Weird Music History: 1749.  George Friedrich Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks is performed in an open-air public rehearsal, 6 days before official premiere.  An estimated 12,000 people attended, unexpectedly causing traffic jams throughout the city. Perhaps anticipating the crush, the composer had strongly advised against the event.

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