This is Water!

This is Water!, for en­semble and tape, takes its name from the book of the same title by David Foster Wallace, sub­titled ‘Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life’ (Little, Brown & co., New York, 2009). Here is the pas­sage, which gives that book its name:

There are these two young fish swim­ming along and they happen to meet an older fish swim­ming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys. How’s the water?”
And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then even­tu­ally one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What the hell is water?”
The im­me­diate point of the fish story is merely that the most ob­vious, ubi­quitous, im­portant real­ities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about.

This is Water! was com­posed in January 2010 for the in­aug­ural con­cert of the Raise Your Voice Ensemble and was premiered on Sunday, February 28 2010 at Centro Bar, Manchester, UK.

  • Instrumentation

    • Flute (doubling piccolo)
    • Clarinet (Eb & Bb)
    • Percussion
    • String Quartet
    • Tape
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