Water and music


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

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

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

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.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tJRPRrfIpQ

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

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.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIFWpt4itl0

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

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.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssfSWTkfdEY
Lyrics: http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Die_Jahreszeiten_(Joseph_Haydn)

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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
Lyrics: https://www.paroles.net/antony-and-the-johnsons/paroles-dust-and-water

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

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

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

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