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Michael Gordon

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Who By Water (2004)
Work Notes
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Publisher
Red Poppy
Category
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
2004
Duration
18 Minutes
Programme Note
Michael Gordon Who By Water (2004)

Composer note:
Who By Water is inspired by a prayer from the Rosh Hashanah liturgy, the service marking the Jewish New Year. The prayer opens as follows:
On Rosh Hashanah their destiny is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed, how many shall pass away and how many shall be brought into existence; who shall live and who shall die; who shall come to a timely end, and who to an untimely end; who shall perish by fire and who by water.
Bill Morrison's accompanying film features distressed black-and-white images of people on the great old ships that crossed the sea before airplanes became the popular mode of travel.

— Michael Gordon

Who By Water was commissioned by the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center.


Performances
Date
Title
  • 21 MAR 2018
    Alexandrinsky Theater, St Petersburg, Russia
    Ensemble
    Fedor Lednev, conductor
  • 03 DEC 2010
    Ann Arbor, MI
    University of Michigan School of Music
    Christopher Lees, conductor

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