violin player by the ocean

As we say farewell to summer, we want to reflect on our travel journeys and the timeless place that people go for relaxation: the ocean.  The sea itself has been a mystical subject for art, especially for string composers.  Here are some great orchestral pieces that we enjoy that show appreciation to the vastness of the oceans.

  • “Hornpipe Water Music” by G. F. Handel just emits the feeling of watching the waves roll because of the way the music flows and brings energy, which makes it a classic wedding choice for seating guests and family.

  • “La Mer” by Claude Debussy is a three-piece work for a full symphony that translates from French to mean literally “The Sea.”  One of the first debuts of performance was in 1909.  Debussy’s goal was for the music to appeal to the senses, which is reflected in the detailed and fullness of the sound that, in turn, reflects the depths of the sea.

  • “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens boasts two works that feature marine animals.  The whole piece is made up of fourteen movements that are amusingly based off a menagerie, and it first premiered in 1886.

The first is “Aquarium,” which portrays the mystery that it is to watch fish in an aquarium.

The second, “The Swan,” features a rich cello solo that mirrors the delicate movements of a swan.

  • Perhaps you are familiar with the ballet, “Swan Lake.”  Swans are water fowl that are no stranger to being subjects of orchestral music.  The most famous tune from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet is the “Dance of the Swans,” which debuted as a whole ballet in 1875.

Music surrounding the sea is by no means limited to summer, so the music stays, but we will say farewell to summer until next year!

g clef in sand


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