Author Topic: Musical depictions of the sea, maritime incidents--anything related to the ocean  (Read 1795 times)

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How could I forget this wonderfully atmospheric depiction of the sea?
Kleiberg's 'Bell Reef' Symphony:
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Did anyone mention prelude to act 3 of Tristan und Isolde? I think it is even more effective than Holländer.

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Of course, Frank Martin’s Der Sturm would apply here.
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Gavin Bryars has both the North Shore and The Sinking of the Titanic, the later while a little dark has some excellent depictions of a sinking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TMjdYpgZIo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FkxDuIc0P8

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The Antartic is a continent, but the Arctic is an ocean, so these two works bearing that designation should qualify:




The Nystroem has been recorded a few times, but I think the BIS issue is the only one of this very fine work by Karin Rehnqvist.

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Thanks, everyone. Really appreciating these.

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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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What's this like?
I'd say say mild revolutionary romanticism with strong folk like quotations (fisherman village) well played by CPO orchestra.

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I'd say say mild revolutionary romanticism with strong folk like quotations (fisherman village) well played by CPO orchestra.
Sounds interesting. Thank you!  :)
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I'd say say mild revolutionary romanticism with strong folk like quotations (fisherman village) well played by CPO orchestra.
I sampled it on You Tube and very much enjoyed what I heard.
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Frank Martin: Les quatre éléments : earth, water, air and fire

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/krmzB15qEKQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/krmzB15qEKQ</a>

It is not clear if Dvorak's water goblin lives in the sea/ocean...





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Gramophone Magazine in their 'What to listen to next?' section feature 'La Mer' in the latest edition.
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It is not clear if Dvorak's water goblin lives in the sea/ocean...

According to Wikipedia, it's a lake.  Which also brings up that Rusalka is also watery.

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Frank Martin: Les quatre éléments : earth, water, air and fire

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/krmzB15qEKQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/krmzB15qEKQ</a>

That’s a fantastic work. Discovered it years ago, thanks to a Chandos recording.
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At this rate, Debussy’s Le Tombeau des naïades (“And with the iron head of his hoe he broke the ice of the spring, where the naiads used to laugh”) from the Trois chansons de Bilitis will end up qualifying as “related to the Ocean”.  :D
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I'm okay with flexible definitions here, and lakes and rivers are fine. Maybe I should have put 'aquatic' in the subject line. I'll probably use Saint-Saens' 'Aquarium'  movement from Le Carnaval des Animaux which technically isn't ocean either.

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While there are certainly some romantic-era works mentioned, it's mildly surprising how many of these works are from the 20th or 21st century.

That probably says more about the recording industry than the field of composition though.

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I'm okay with flexible definitions here, and lakes and rivers are fine. Maybe I should have put 'aquatic' in the subject line. I'll probably use Saint-Saens' 'Aquarium'  movement from Le Carnaval des Animaux which technically isn't ocean either.

Since you’ve expanded your original idea to include lakes, rivers, etc., then the third movement of Schoenberg Fünf Orchesterstücke titled Farben, Mäßige Viertel (with the subtitle of Summer Morning by a Lake) would certainly apply here.

About this particular movement (taken from the Arnold Schoenberg Center’s website):

The third piece – called Farben (Sommermorgen am See) (“Colors – Summer Morning at the Lake”) since Schönberg’s son-in-law Felix Greissle published an arrangement of it in 1925 – places the tone-color progression in the center of poetic expression as an “imagining of an atmospherically fulfilled moment” (Reinhold Brinkmann); the continuous motion of a certain chord forms the midpoint of formal development. Every one of the three inner parts of Farben emerges from its own differently orchestrated chordal ribbon, its point of orientation based on the initial chord, itself repositioned through its gradual progression.
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