Feb 08 2012
What are some pieces of "classical" music that are strongly evocative of water (the ocean, a rainstorm, a stream, etc.)?
Here’s one that doesn’t have the word “water” in it! Actually the composer never associated water with it at all, but I cannot hear it without thinking of water, and really want a water-slide company to use it in a commercial (and mail me a big thank you!)
It is the Allegro from the Polovetsian Dances from Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor. You may know it as Tony Bennett’s Strangers in Paradise, but I’m mostly thinking of the part right after what became that song. The more powerful the choir the better. You can watch from the beginning on this youtube video to hear this amazing music, or jump to 3:46, where the waterslides start!
This post was in answer to a reader-submitted question at (http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-pieces-of-classical-music-that-are-strongly-evocative-of-water-the-ocean-a-rainstorm-a-stream-etc/answer/Colin-Jensen). If you have comments, or if there is a topic you would like Colin to address, please comment below!
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