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Water Music on Exploring Music, This Week

Print by Hokusai and inspiration for Debussy's "La Mer"

John Corigliano

“Water Music” with Bill McGlaughlin, Monday through Friday, 7:00 PM.

(Music) was a necessity for me-like food or water.
-Ray Charles

Artists, poets, writers and composers–countless numbers are drawn to the subject of water. Water is elemental, it can represent unfathomable depths or reflect every detail. Water gives life, death, brings people together and pushes them apart. Water can rage or be perfectly still. Ray Charles compared his musical gifts to water: “I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.”

Georg Friedrich Handel

Georg Friedrich Handel

Listen to this newspaper account of the first performance of Handel’s Water Music:

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This week, Bill McGlaughlin explores the many characters of water as expressed by different composers, each weeknight on Exploring Music, 7:00 PM.

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