The Water Octet starts, as in other works of mine, from a pre-existing material that acquires its final form in a second elaboration. On this occasion, said material came from a work composed ten years earlier for a group as unusual as four corni di bassetto, and condemned almost in advance, therefore, to a very limited later life: Four Quartets, premiered by the "Manuel de Falla" Quartet in June 1996, in the Castle of Manzanares el Real (Madrid).
This Water Octet constitutes, therefore, a version as definitive as it is new from the previous one, since the instrumental template of the wind octet, enormously rich and varied, both in timbre and in the range of the different instruments, is substantially different to that of the four identical instruments of the original version.
The octet is made up of a single movement, about twelve minutes long, in which a considerable number of events alternate (from the use of hectic and highly fragmented ideas to others of a lyrical and even dramatic nature), and whose abundant changes of tempo and character make up a work of extreme difficulty, both individually for each part and in the ensemble work, since the eight instruments are treated with identical importance.
Dedicated to Alicia Núñez, the Water Octet was composed in October 2004, commissioned by the Madrid Community Orchestra to be premiered in the Fundación Canal's chamber cycle. The premiere took place on January 30, 2005, by the Wind Octet of the Community of Madrid Orchestra under the direction of Miguel Romea.
In 2008, the Water Octet was included in the CD "José Luis Turina. Retrato", the first issue of the BBVA Foundation's collection of contemporary Spanish and Ibero-American music, in a version of the Wind Octet of the Community of Madrid Orchestra directed by José Luis Temes.