New Water Music
Yotam Haber's recent work New Water Music is a 50-minute outdoor work for orchestra (also available for indoor performances) inspired by Handel's Water Music, which I learned was premiered 300 years ago in 1717. I also learned that the piece was premiered on barges in the River Thames. The title of the piece now has me wondering if I'm the only one who didn't know this...
The project immediately made me think of the Persephassa performance that Doug Perkins directed a few years back in New York City, which still captures my imagination despite my not being in attendance. The fact that Handel's crew was doing this 300 years ago is awe-inspiring.
New Water Music is a beautiful merging of orchestral performance and community relevance and forced me to consider larger questions surrounding the music we play, the places it's heard, and the audience who shares it. This certainly has been added to my bucket list of pieces to experience live.
Head over to Yotam's website to learn a bit more and to check out the rest of his wonderful work as well. I've enjoyed playing some of his music at past Nief-Norf Summer Festivals. Also, hat tip to my friend Rob Deemer for initially sharing a link to this project on Twitter.