He conducted two of his favorite showpieces: Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 1 (A Sea Symphony) and Handel’s Suite from Water, composed for a Thames River boating party. These continued the British character of last week’s gala program, which launched the RPO’s 85th year and Seaman’s 10th as music director.

(Found here in a review.)

… but that one word “Music” should have followed “Suite from Water”. And because I’m only just getting the brain moving (in my counterclockwise way), I didn’t even think “Suite from Water Music”. I just thought … “HUH?”

Yes. I’m slow to wake sometimes. But I have a student in 50 minutes and I promise I’ll be alert as can be by then. Really. (My student might not be, though. I can’t tell you how many students respond with the word “tired” when I ask how they are.)

1 Comment

  1. That’s sloppier than it looks.

    Which Suite from Water Music? Water Music consists of three suites. If you’re not playing one or another of them, but doing mix-and-match, you’re playing excerpts from Water Music, not a suite.

    Also, it’s otiose to refer to “Symphony No. 1 (A Sea Symphony)”. Just call it “A Sea Symphony” as the composer did; he only numbered it later, retroactively. For his early symphonies the numbers are only useful if you’re discussing the symphonies as a group.