Jeder Baum spricht

Instrumentation
3223 2230 Timp Strings (same as Beethoven’s 5th)

Premiered by
The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin
March 12th, 2020 – Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center

Performance and Broadcast History

September 28th, 2019 – The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by John Adams – Verizon Hall, Philadelphia
March 12th, 2020 – The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Verizon Hall, Philadelphia
March 13th, 2020 – WRTI Radio Broadcast and Interview with Iman Habibi
March 14th, 2020 – The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (canceled due to COVID-19 advisory)
March 15th, 2020 – The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (canceled due to COVID-19 advisory)
March 15th, 2020 – WRTI Radio Broadcast and Interview with Iman Habibi
March 16th, 2020 – WRTI Radio Broadcast and Interview with Iman Habibi
March 21st, 2020 – WHYY TV (PBS) Broadcast
March 23rd, 2020 – SiriusXM Symphony Hall Radio broadcast
April 16th, 2020 – Live with Carnegie Hall broadcast hosted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin
July 10th, 2020 – The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Bravo! Vail Festival in Vail, Colorado (canceled due to COVID-19 advisory)
July 26th, 2020 – WRTI Radio Broadcast and Interview with Iman Habibi
July 27th, 2020 – WRTI Radio Broadcast and Interview with Iman Habibi
July 28th, 2020 – Gramophone Orchestra of the Year Awards Festival Broadcast
August 14th, 2020 – The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Saratoga Springs Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY (Live performance is replaced by livestream and lawn screening, due to COVID-19)
September 6th, 2020 – WRTI Radio Rebroadcast and Interview with Iman Habibi
September 7th, 2020 – WRTI Radio Rebroadcast and Interview with Iman Habibi
December 4th, 2020Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Raiskin
December 5th, 2020Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Raiskin

Programme Notes
Commissioned in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Jeder Baum spricht is an unsettling rhapsodic reflection on the climate catastrophe, and is written in dialogue with Beethoven’s 5th and 6th symphonies. The piece shifts focus rapidly, and attempts to achieve its goal time and time again through different means, only to be faced with similar obstacles. Like much of Beethoven’s music, this piece accompanies an unspecific narrative and imagery, and offers a vision of hope towards the end, one that I hope can drive our collective will towards immediate impactful change. Beethoven perceived nature as an image of the divine, if not divinity itself. Jeder Baum spricht durch dich (every tree speaks through you) is a phrase I encountered in his writings, leading me to wonder how Beethoven, clearly an activist himself, would have responded to today’s environmental crisis. Given that both the 5th and 6th symphonies were likely, at least in some capacity, inspired by nature, I am hoping that Jeder Baum spricht can allow us to listen to these monumental works with a renewed perspective: that is, in light of the climate crisis we live in, and the havoc we continue to wreak on the nature that inspired these classic masterpieces.

Related WRTI Radio Interview with Iman Habibi
https://www.wrti.org/post/concerts-canceled-philadelphians-perform-beethovens-5th-6th-all-hear-wrti

WHYY TV Feature
https://video.whyy.org/video/whyy-presents-the-philadelphia-orchestra-rkf4td/

Related Blog Post Written for the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music
https://www.glfcam.com/blog/2020/04/10/shifting-grounds-iman-habibi?fbclid=IwAR0oZiXUfZFDzLn3llTnuQx0WREYKnHQct5TyU64wqqOH6rk-fatpcy8oMg

Recording