As college audtions start to get closer, I'm looking at piano audition pieces. Would Handel's "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" be a good selection?
I would recommend looking up the particular schools where you're auditioning to see if they have a recommended list. I just briefly searched two schools--Indiana University (Bloomington) and the New England Conservatory--and their lists are pretty similar:
- Prelude and Fugue from Bach (NEC only specifies "before 1750").
- A complete Classical sonata (IU specifies Beethoven).
- A substantial Romantic work.
- A 20th- or 21st-century work.
- NEC also requires "a fast etude," which IU does not require.
In my experience, this list is pretty standard: Bach, Beethoven, Romantic, Modern, and maybe something else.
As such, your Handel is probably not the wisest choice. For that time period, really your best bet is to stick with a standard Bach prelude and fugue pair.
(Note that this answer assumes you're auditioning for an undergraduate degree.)