The Victorian artist and poet Thomas Woolner wrote Silenus, a long narrative poem about the myth, in which Syrinx becomes the lover of Silenus , but drowns when she attempts to escape rape by Pan. As a result of the crime, Pan is transmuted into a demon figure and Silenus becomes a drunkard. Longus makes reference to Syrinx in his tale of "Daphnis and Chloe" in Book Longus, however, makes no reference to Syrinx receiving aid from the Nymphs in his version, instead Syrinx hides from Pan in amongst some reeds and disappeared into the marsh. Upon realising what had happened to Syrinx, Pan created the first set of panpipes from the reeds she was transformed into, allowing her to be with him for the rest of his days. Samuel R.

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Performed by Sarah Bassingthwaighte Problems playing this file? See media help. Syrinx, L. It generally takes three minutes or less to perform. It was the first significant piece for solo flute after the Sonata in A minor composed by C. Many musical historians believe that "Syrinx", which gives the performer generous room for interpretation and emotion, played a pivotal role in the development of solo flute music in the early twentieth century.

Some say Syrinx was originally written by Debussy without barlines or breath marks. It was given its final name in reference to the myth of the amorous pursuit of the nymph Syrinx by the god Pan , in which Pan falls in love with Syrinx, however, as Syrinx does not return the love to Pan, she turns herself into a water reed and hides in the marshes. Pan cuts the reeds to make his pipes, in turn killing his love.

Syrinx has also been transposed and performed on the saxophone and other instruments. It quickly became a piece of standard literature for the saxophone, and has been recorded on both the alto and soprano saxophones.

It is also a track on Caprice [1] by the trumpeter Alison Balsom [2].


Syrinx (Debussy, Claude)



Debussy - Syrinx


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