Inspired follower of this blog

Follower of this blog, Ju, emailed me a list of more composers found to be associated with rivers. Ju claimed to be ‘obviously bored’ when undertaking the research. I prefer to see it as inspired by a reading of my posting at   Thanks Ju, I am inspired to continue researching other connections with rivers as I see fit over the period of my walk along the Derwent River. Ju found the following:

  • When Beethoven found refuge in the midst of nature, he jotted down themes inspired by the trill of birds, the trickling of creeks or the rustle of leaves. In one of his notebooks from 1803 was found an outline of a river’s trickling with the additional note: “The greater the river, the more grave the tone.” ‘By the Brook’ (The natural scene of the stream) from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. This slow movement is a beautiful depiction of the delicate nature of… nature itself. It is a wonderful scene of nature with exceptionally musical themes in the pure pastoral air. You can almost breathe the fresh country air! It is more of a description of sensations rather than images. Towards the end, we find the onomatopoeic sounds of birds. Beethoven came back to Mödling during the summer of 1820; he lived in a house called “Christhof” (The “Yard of the Christ”) in Fischergasse (“Fisherman’s street “), near the little river that runs through the village.
  • Robert Schumann : On 27 February 1854 he threw himself into the River Rhine
  • Bedrich Smetana: The Moldau is a musical portrayal of the main river (Moldau is German for Vltava) which runs through the countryside of Bohemia (present day Czechoslovakia). The composer wrote the work following a trip he took down the river as part of a larger cycle of six symphonic poems written between 1874 and 1879 entitled Má Vlast (My Country). Note that each section of the work has its own descriptive title.
  • Shostakovich: The Song of the Great Rivers
  • Delius: Summer Night on the River
  • Wagner: Das Rheingold (from The Ring Cycle) [The Rhine]
  • Handel: Water Music [Thames]
  • Tobias Picker: Old and Lost Rivers
  • Xian Xinghai: Yellow River Concerto
  • William Blezard: The River
  • Constant Lambert: The Rio Grande (Brazil)
  • Edward Elgar: Severn Suite
  • Sergei Kusevitsky Volga River concert tours of classical music 1910 – 1914
  • Alfred Schnittke was born November 24, 1934 in the city of Engels on the Volga River
  • Song of the Volga Boatmen
  • Duke Ellington: The River Suite – and Swampy River –

Thanks Ju.

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