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Posted on Dec 31, 2012, 4:35:33 PM PST
Yi-Peng says:
I suddenly remembered the Weber aria, Ocean thou mighty monster, from Oberon.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012, 8:20:54 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2012, 8:23:06 AM PST
O. Rydland says:
Anything by Bach (which means brook....)

And if that is too glib; this aria: Bäche von gesalznen Zähren

from cantata 21, one of the most wonderful arias in Bachs catalogue

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 11:41:20 PM PST
Skaynan says:
Mozart's "Glass Harmonica"?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 4:27:13 PM PST
KenOC says:
Sorry Joe, missed your post.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 4:21:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2012, 6:24:55 PM PST
K.J. McGilp says:
Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid) by Alexander Zemlinsky. A great, lush symphonic poem in three movements by the brother-in-law and teacher of Arnold Schoenberg. Zemlinsky set Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale to music. IMHO, an underrated masterpiece.
Edit: I just noticed that The Mermaid had already been posted. MZ beat me to it. No need to delete.
The Water Goblin by Dvorak is another one. A great symphonic poem. Inhabit's the same world as Rusalka. Tragic! Poe and King, eat your hearts out!
Edit: Macdoom mentioned The Water Goblin. Foiled again.
How about the Rhenish Symphony #3 by Schumann?
The Hebridean Symphony and the "Sea Reivers" symphonic poem by Granville Bantock.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 2:09:04 PM PST
Joe Anthony says:

I suggested "Water Walk" some time ago, but nobody responded. Maybe it's just a little too far out for people to place along side "La Mer" and "The Blue Danube".

The YouTube excerpt, though, is quite charming; not just for the nostalgia of early television; but also because John Cage had such an endearing personality. As I was watching it, I said to myself that Cage wasn't a composer as much as he was a comedian-and not one of those sarcastic and demeaning comedians that we're used to nowadays, but rather just a kind and gentle trickster.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 1:31:47 PM PST
Bridge over Troubled Waters--Simon & Garfunkel.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 1:21:10 PM PST
Dichterliebe says:
Here are a few that haven't been mentioned:

Liadov -- The Enchanted Lake
Chopin -- Ballade no. 3 op. 47
Chopin -- Etude op. 10 no. 1
Chopin -- Etude op. 25 no. 12
Chopin -- Barcarolle op. 60
Mendelssohn -- any of the Venetian gondola songs from Lieder ohne worte
Liszt -- Au Bord d'une Source from Annees 1
Dvorak -- Rusalka
Weber -- Mermaid's Song from Oberon

There have to be many more.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 12:12:46 PM PST
KenOC says:
Hmmm... have we forgotten Water Walk?

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 8:01:30 AM PST
Ahmad asked Tabasco?

Tabasco is the name of a state in Mexico. It is on the Gulf of Mexico coast. It has the distinction of having the most rivers in Mexico. This inspired Jimenez Mabarak in composing his work.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 6:52:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2012, 6:55:26 AM PST
K.J. McGilp says:
Telemann - This is one of my favorite baroque ensemble CD's. Telemann: Water Music; Alster Overture; "The Frogs" Concerto

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 6:05:15 AM PST
Ahmad says:

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 5:58:57 AM PST
Jimenez Mabarak: Balada de los rios de Tabasco

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 5:56:34 AM PST
Revueltas: Redes

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 5:54:05 AM PST
Nada says:
for "water":
- Bloch: Poems of the Sea
- Musgrave: 2 movements from: Turbulent Landscapes: 1) Sunrise with sea monsters, 2) Shipwreck
- Chausson: Poeme de l'amour et de la mer
- Tippett: The Rose Lake

Not sure if Bruun: Letters to the Ocean belongs here. The movements are called 1) When Night Falls, 2) Drown One Ocean in Another, 3) Ask it to Calm Down, 4) Heaven-Haven. - I like it a lot, but if one doesn't know the work's title one would be hard pressed to connect it to the sea ...

for "land masses within":
- Weigl: Isle of the Dead

The Weigl has just been released on Naxos this year Isle of the Dead / Six Fantasies & Toteninsel and the editorial review says: "first known performance". I'll probably order it, as I already have his string quartets nos. 1 and 5 by the Artis Quartet and find them to be very good.

I've been looking into the former thread dealing with the same topic. As that thread had been under heavy troll attack, I think it's best not to revive it. Here are the works mentioned by other participants which have not been mentioned already in your thread:

Borresen: Symphony no. 2 "The Sea"
Glazunov: Fantasy for Orchestra "The Sea"
Golijov: Oceana
Grofe: Atlantic Crossing
Hancock: Maiden Voyage
Herrmann: Moby Dick (Cantata)
Korngold: Captain Blood
Korngold: The Sea Hawk
Mennin: Moby Dick (symphonic poem)
Murail: Couleur de Mer
Patterson: Mass of the Sea
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko
Skalkottas: The Sea
Wagner: Flying Dutchman
Wagner: Rheingold

Also I browsed through Amazon this morning and have made a list of more or less 50 other "water works". In case you need the information soon, I could post it immediately. If you got time it'll be more fun for others to post their findings.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 6:57:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2012, 6:58:27 PM PST
Thanks again, everybody! Great stuff I spaced on ;-)

After caffeine, I came up with a couple more :

Ravel : Ondine from Gaspard
Zemlinsky : Die Seejungfrau

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012, 4:45:44 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2012, 4:36:41 PM PST
Yi-Peng says:
Smetana's Moldau and Mendelssohn's Hebrides. Also, let's not forget the Schöne Melusine overture. And, as a fan of that Shahrazad suite (Sheherazade) let me put in a word for the first-movement sea music, The Sea and Sindbad's Ship. This complements someone else's mention of another Rimsky sea picture in the guise of Sadko.

Maybe you could spare a thought for Elgar's Sea Pictures...

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 4:01:23 PM PST
Delius: Sea Drift "O madly the sea pushes upon the land . . . "
Howard Hanson: Symphony No. 7, A Sea Symphony "Lo, the unbounded sea . . . "

Both are choral settings of Walt Whitman's poetry.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 2:52:20 PM PST
Skaynan says:
If rivers count, then Rheingold's overture, or in fact the whole first act.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 1:58:07 PM PST
Some works not mentioned yet?

Cornelis Dopper: Symphony No 7 'Zuiderzee'
Frederic Chopin: Prelude, op. 28, no. 15, "The Raindrop"
Claude Debussy: Reflets de l'eau
Jacques Ibert: Escales
Giacchino Rossini: Overture to William Tell
Camille Saint-Saëns: "Aquarium" from Carnival of the Animals
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti, RV 253 and 433, "La Tempesta di mare"

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 1:26:02 PM PST
KenOC says:
Takemitsu was a fan of water. Recordings I have include Waves (1976), Towards the Sea (1981), Waterways (1978), and an early electronic piece called Water Music. Also his Quotation of Dream is kind of a fantasia on La Mer, if that counts.

Lots of pieces involving rain as well...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012, 1:23:59 PM PST
MacDoom says:
Your Nielsen suggestion in turn made me think of Alfvén and his Legend of the Skerries.

And I forgot Dvorak's water goblin. How could I.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 12:28:46 PM PST
Some prominent 20th and 21st Century composers seem to have been inspired by those land masses within large bodies of water, aka islands.

MacDoom mentioned Rachmaninov. A few others which come to mind:

Howard Hanson's Bold Island Suite
Takemitsu's Coral Island
William Alwyn's The Magic Island
Joan Tower's Island Prelude
Carl Nielsen's An Imaginary Journey to the Faroe Islands
Britten's On This Island
Maxwell Davies' Runes From a Holy Island
Arne Nordheim's Tempest and Magic Island
Peter Boyer's Ellis Island: The Dream of America

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 11:37:29 AM PST
Here are Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling singing "The Water" (words and music by Johnny Flynn):

The water sustains me without even trying,
The water can't drown me. I'm done
With my dying...

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 10:52:09 AM PST
KenOC says:
The Fugs sang "Wide, Wide River," but they weren't singing about a river of water...
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