Water and music

Introduction

In 2017, I had prepared a list of music works on the theme "Water and music" for the proceedings of a multidisciplinary workshop on water. Unfortunately, this list was not included in the final publication and was left on my laptop. I am happy to share it now on this website, in a more appropriate format, with internet links to all works of this list.

You will discover them on a weekly basis during 2019, with two categories : classical music and other musics. It contains only works I like, so it is totally subjective.

If you have a susbcription to the streaming service QOBUZ, all selected works are available on my two public playslists :

Water and music - JLBK - Classical music
Water and music - JLBK - French songs and many other musics

If not, you will find below other free links, but not necessarily with the same players in the case of classical music (my favourite choices are on Qobuz).

Please enjoy ! Suggestions are welcome.

Classical music

21/07
Summer break...

14/07
Töru Takemitsu (1987). I hear the water dreaming, for flute and orchestra.
Album “Takemitsu : I hear the water dreaming; Toward the sea I/II/III”, Patrice Galois (flûte), Fabrice Pierre (harpe), Göran Söllscher (guitare), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis (direction), 2000. Polygram 453459.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK0BJHbsSdg

07/07
Ludwig van Beethoven (1808). Symphonie n° 6 “Pastorale” (Symphony n° 6 "Pastoral"), Opus 68 - 2. Andante molto moto (Scène au bord du ruisseau - Scene at the edge of the stream), 4. Allegro (L’orage - The storm).
Album “Beethoven : The 9 Symphonies”, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (direction), 1963, 2014. Deutsche Grammophon 463088-2.
Youtube "Scene...": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRwU0JaykJQ
Youtube "Storm": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCkc-t9cneQ

30/06
Claude Debussy (1905). Images (Pictures), Livre 1, L110 - 1. Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in water).
Album “Claude Debussy : Images 1 & 2, Children’s Corner”, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, 1971, 1990. Deutsche Grammophon 415372.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5400ApOgHE

23/06
Lou Koster (1937). Pluie sur l’eau (Rain on water).
Album “Lou Koster : French songs”, Vincent Lièvre-Picard (ténor), Emmanuel Olivier (piano), 2015. Ar Re-Se ARR 20142.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkJwM2BiUF0
Lyrics: not found, sorry

16/06
Erik Satie (1914). Sports et divertissements, 21 pièces pour piano - 16. Le Water-Chute.
Album ”Erik Satie : Oeuvres pour piano”, Gabriel Tacchino, 1989. Disques Pierre Verany 789105.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28SUsRjy5Dk

09/06
Arthur Honegger (1933). Les Misérables, musique de film pour orchestre (movie soundtrack for orchestra) H 88 - 20: Dans les égouts (In the sewers).
Album “Arthur Honegger : Les Misérables (complete film score)”, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), Adriano (direction), 1992. Marco Polo 223181.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m97t7nlHc4

02/06
Philip Glass (1993). Aguas de Amazonia - 2. Japurá river.
Album “Glass : Aguas de Amazonia”, Uakti Ensemble, 2006. Orange Mountain Music OMM 0026.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNScRm1n8js



26/05
Jacques Ibert (1943). Petite suite en 15 images, pour piano - 10. Sérénade sur l'eau (Serenade on water).
Album “Ibert : Piano Music”, Hae-Won Chang, 2000. Naxos 554720.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVR5GmvYuW0


12/05
Maurice Ravel (1901). Jeux d’eau (Water games), M 30.
Album “Maurice Ravel : Complete works for solo piano”, Bertrand Chamayou, 2016. Erato Warner Classics 553646.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyHfnFKDMvU


05/05
Jacques Ibert (1922). Histoires, 10 pièces pour piano et piano - 9. La marchande d’eau fraîche (The fresh water merchant).
Album “Ibert : Piano Music”, Hae-Won Chang, 2000. Naxos 554720.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puuriK3cODU

28/04
Franz Liszt (1877). Les années de pèlerinage - Année III/4 (Years of Pilgrimage - Year III/4): Les jeux d’eau à la villa d’Este (The fountains of the Villa d'Este), S. 163/4 (LW A283/4).
Album “Franz Liszt : Années de pèlerinage”, Bertrand Chamayou, 2011. Naive V 5260.
Youtubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tJRPRrfIpQ

14/04
Bedrich Smetana (1874). Vlatva (The Moldau river), poème symphonique (Ma Vlast n° 2 - My Fatherland n° 2).
Album “Smetana : Má Vlast”, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik (direction), 1989. Deutsche Grammophon 429183-2.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KmEwRZvENU

07/04
Jean Sibelius (1881). Vattendroppar (Water Drops), for violin & cello, JS 216.
Album “Sibelius J. : Souda, Souda Sinisorsa / Driftwood / Tempest Suite (The) / Karelia Suite / Lemminkainen Suite / Belshazzar's Feast Suite”, Yoshiko Arai, 2006. Ondine ODE1083-2.
Youtubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIFWpt4itl0

31/03
Jules Massenet (1896). Deux impromptus - 1. Eau dormante (Sleeping water), 2. Eau courante (Flowing water).
Album “Massenet : Piano music”, Aldo Ciccolini, 2003. EMI Classics 85517.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVkwNV6ZgQw
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owQ_S3_Bsao

24/03
Joseph Haydn (1801). Die Jahreszeiten (The seasons), Hob. XX1 :3. Der Sommer, 19 : « Ach, das Ungewitter naht ! (Oh, the thunderstorm is approaching !) ».
Album “Haydn : Die Jahreszeiten”, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe (direction), 2014, Phi.
Youtuhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssfSWTkfdEY
Lyrics: http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Die_Jahreszeiten_(Joseph_Haydn)

17/03
Franz Schubert (1823). Die Forelle (The trout), D550 opus 32.
Album “Schubert Lieder”, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baryton),
Gerald Moore (piano), 1971, 2005. Deutsche Grammophon 431085.
Youtube and lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF9DrUXowBo
Proposed by Günter Gruber, TU Graz, Austria.

10/03
Franz Schubert (1823). Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Singing on water), D774 opus 72.
Album “Schubert Lieder”, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baryton), Gerald Moore (piano), 1971, 2005. Deutsche Grammophon 431085.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTdi9cqGVaM
Lyrics: http://www.lieder.net/lieder/get_text.html?TextId=15365

03/03
Jean-Féry Rebel (1737). Les Elémens - La terre et l’eau (The elements-Earth and water), air pour les violons.
Album “Rebel - Destouches : Les Elémens”, The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (direction), 2007. L’Oiseau-Lyre 001002702.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfgtSirvwuQ


17/02
Frédéric Chopin (1839). Prélude n° 15 “Goutte d’eau” (Water drop), opus 28.
Album “Chopin : Préludes”, Yundi Li, 2015. Deutsche Grammophon  /
Mercury Classics B002375502.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmXjrkdQatw


10/02
Georg Philipp Telemann (1723). Wassermusik “Hamburger Ebb’ und Flut” - 7. Der stürmende Aeolus, 9. Gigue Ebbe und Fluth.
Album “Georg Philipp Telemann : Wassermusik; 3 Konzerte”, Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Göbel (direction), 1985. Archiv Produktion 413788.
Youtube: 7. Der stürmende Aeolus9. Gigue Ebbe und Fluth

03/02
Georg Friedrich Händel (1717). Water music, suite in F major, HVW 348 - 3. Allegro, 9. Bourrée.
Album “Handel : Water music”, Les musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble, Marc Minkowski (direction), 2010. Naïve 5234. 
Youtube (good but however with a lower musical performance than the version on Qobuz): 3. Allegro9. Bourrée

29/01
Johann Christoph Bach (1680). Ach, daß ich Wassers gnug hätte (Oh, that I had water enough), lamento.
Album “Cantata – Yet can I hear”, Bejun Mehta (counter tenor), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, 2018. Pentatone B079FLYHYD.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei05_Bq7tkw
Lyrics: http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Ach,_da%C3%9F_ich_Wassers_gnug_h%C3%A4tte_(Johann_Christoph_Bach)

French songs and many other musics

21/07
Pause estivale...

14/07
Magic System (2011). L’eau va manquer (Water will  be missed).
Album “Magic System : Touté kalé”, 2011. Capitol / EMI / Virgin 72006.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKHhYEPGg3Q

07/07
Claude Nougaro (1967). La pluie fait des claquettes (Rain makes taps).
Album “Nougaro : L’amour sorcier”, 2014. Mercury.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YluAf2T6YzQ
Lyrics: https://www.paroles.net/claude-nougaro/paroles-la-pluie-fait-des-claquettes



30/06
Marianne Faithfull (2014). Deep water.
Album “Marianne Faithfull : Give my love to London”, 2014. Easy Sound Recording Company / Naïve ES012-2.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpOFD6jIR_k

23/06
Bratsch (2007). Goutte d’eau (Water drop) (avec/with Charles Aznavour).
Album “Bratsch : Plein du monde”, 2011. World Village 479056.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y85PMZ05Gfs
Lyrics: https://genius.com/Bratsch-la-goutte-deau-lyrics


16/06
Karim Baggili (2005). Eau forte.
Album “Karim Baggili : Douar”, 2005. Acoustic Music 31913632.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dywqqEiVeKs



09/06
Marcel Dadi (1992). Just a little water.
Album “Marcel Dadi : Guitar legend”, 2011. EPM.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkmXFrH2WBQ





02/06
El Camaron de la Isla / Paco de Lucia (1981). Como el agua (Like water).
Album “El Camaron de la Isla / Paco de Lucia : Como el agua”, 1981. Philips / Universal Import 8383832.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KZyy8Oc1QA
Lyrics: https://lyricstranslate.com/fr/Camaron-de-la-Isla-Como-el-agua-lyrics.html

26/05
Dominique A (2001). Le commerce de l’eau (The water business).
Album “Dominique A : Sur nos forces motrices”, 2008. Wagram Records 3126892.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wowD5sG1tqU
Lyrics: https://www.paroles.net/dominique-a/paroles-le-commerce-de-l-eau

12/05
Pierre Akendengué (1996). Eau claire (Clear water).
Album “Pierre Akendengué : Maladalité”, 1996. Melodie 669762.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZWX9o4sGXM



05/05
Daran (2000). L’eau (Water).
Album “Daran : Augustin et Anita”, 2000. WEA International 380709.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H69IgjJD_B4
Lyrics: https://www.paroles-musique.com/paroles-Daran-Leau-lyrics,p8051

28/04
J.J. Cale (1971). River runs deep.
Album “J.J. Cale : Gold”, 2007. Universal Distribution 9847752.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JWJbUrBmtM
Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/jjcale/riverrunsdeep.html



14/04
Jean-Pierre Niobé (2013). Eau du ciel (Water from the sky).
Album “Niobé N° 6”, 2013. Niobé.
Sorry, no free version found, only in my Qobuz playlist...



07/04
Ana Moura (2009). Fado das aguas (Fado of waters).
Album “Ana Moura : Leva-me aos fados”, 2010. World Village 468099.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtk3KdJ6RTw
Lyrics : https://lyricstranslate.com/fr/fado-das-%C3%A1guas-fado-waters.html


31/03
Atahualpa Yupanqui (1959). Agua escondida (Hidden water).
Album “Atahualpa Yupanqui : Obras completas par guitarra - Versiones Carlos Martinez”, 2008. Acqua Records.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN3p4qfI1X0


24/03
François and The Atlas Mountains (2009). Be Water (Je suis de l’eau).
Album “François and The Atlas Mountains : Plaine inondable”, 2009. Talitres 31710492.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6Klkx2RsBc
Lyrics: https://www.shazam.com/fr/track/49156817/be-water-je-suis-de-leau




17/03
Solam (2007). L’eau (Water).
Album “Solam : Ainsi va la vie”, 2007. Solam.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0vVHRZ1Bfk
Lyrics: not found


10/03
Limousine (2014). Coeur d’eau (Heart of water).
Album “Limousine : Siam Roads”, 2014. Ekler'o'shock.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcdFtDwNh4M




03/03
Antony and the Johnsons (2009). Dust and water
Album “Antony and the Johnsons : The crying light”, 2009. Rough Trade 920791.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpAcKwLff48
Lyrihttps://www.paroles.net/antony-and-the-johnsons/paroles-dust-and-water

17/02
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1986). Muddy water.
Album “Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds : Kicking against the Pricks”,
2009. Mute CDXSTUMM 28.
Youtubhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W84WdWDk_M
Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/nickcavethebadseeds/muddywater.html

10/02
Paco de Lucia (1986). Entre dos aguas (Between two waters).
Album “Paco de Lucia : Antologia”, 1995. Mercury / PolyGram / Polygram Iberica 5284212.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FvEZagYNUw


03/02
Jeanne Cherhal (2006). L’eau (Water).
Album “Jeanne Cherhal : L’eau”, 2006. Tôt ou Tard 10563.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7EYcRBJuJ4




29/01
Paamath (2016). Le nom de l’eau (The name of water).
Album “Paamath : Le nom de l’eau”, 2016. Tillié B01A7KQPR4.