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

Selected 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, and 15th 2020
The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (canceled due to COVID-19 advisory)
March 15th, and 16th 2020
WRTI Radio Broadcast and Interview with Iman Habibi
March 21st, 2020 (ongoing)-
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, and 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, and 7th 2020
WRTI Radio Rebroadcast and Interview with Iman Habibi
December 4th, and 5th 2020
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Raiskin (canceled due to COVID-19)
December 16th, 2020
WRTI Radio Rebroadcast and Interview with Iman Habibi
February 18th, 2021
Boston Symphony Orchestra led by Andris Nelsons – virtual concert
March 12th, 2021
Philadelphia Orchestra led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin – anniversary rebroadcast
April 22, 2021
Earth Day Boston 2021 – broadcast of BSO performance and interview with Iman
July 25th, 2021
Tanglewood – Boston Symphony Orchestra led by Andris Nelsons
September 6th, 2021
Tanglewood BSO performance streaming on BSO Now virtual platform
October 3rd, 2021
The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Verizon Hall, Philadelphia
October 6th, 2021
The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Carnegie Hall, New York
November 6th, 2021
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Ellis – Saskatoon, SK
January 9th, and 10th 2022
WRTI broadcasts Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s October performance
April 25th, 2022
Vermont Public Radio re-broadcast of Carnegie Hall reopening with The Philadelphia Orchestra
May 14th, 2022
New York Philharmonic led by Lina Gonzalez-Granados
May 17th, 2022
WXXI broadcast of Carnegie Hall reopening with the Philadelphia Orchestra
June 21st, 2022WFMT broadcast of Carnegie Hall reopening with the Philadelphia Orchestra
August 10th, 2022
Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s October performance
October 7th, 8th and 9th, 2022
Kansas City Symphony led by Michael Stern
November 4th, 5th and 6th, 2022
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra led by Ken-David Masur
March 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 26th, 2023
Toronto Symphony Orchestra led by Gustavo Gimeno
April 22, 2023 – Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra led by Toshiyuki Shimada
May 13, 2023 – Hamilton Philharmonic conducted by Matthew Halls

Reviews and Press
Kansas City Independent
Times Union
Bachtrack
Hudson-Housatonic Art
The Boston Intelligencer
BTW Berkshires
Berkshire Eagle

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 ends with a sense of resolve, 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

Related WRTI Article:
https://www.wrti.org/post/inspired-beethovens-thoughts-about-nature-composer-iman-habibis-every-tree-speaks

Related Boston Globe Article:
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/02/23/arts/what-would-beethoven-think-climate-change-composer-iman-habibi-has-few-ideas/

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