Debussy - Syrinx for Euphonium
Debussy - Syrinx for Euphonium Debussy - Syrinx for Euphonium Debussy - Syrinx for Euphonium

Debussy - Syrinx for For Euphonium Alone - Euphonium/Baritone

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Debussy composed this breathtaking unaccompanied work in 1913, and it became the first solo work for the Böhm flute and the first solo work by a major composer since C.P.E. Bach almost 150 years earlier!

The music allows wide latitude for interpretation and can really show off the musical imagination of the performer.The great French flautist Marcel Moyse is credited with adding phrasing and barlines to his friend Debussy's new work.In classical mythology, Syrinx was a nymph and a follower of Artemis, known for her chastity. Pursued by the amorous Greek god Pan, she ran to a river’s edge and asked for assistance from the river nymphs. In answer, she was transformed into hollow water reeds that made a haunting sound when the god’s frustrated breath blew across them. Pan cut the reeds to fashion the first set of pan pipes, which were thereafter known as syrinx.

This work of 2 1/2 minutes for advanced performers can add a new dimension to your recital, as it is often performed offstage.



The sample performance was recorded by Trombonist Ralph Sauer in May 2012.

Claude-Achille Debussy (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918) was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions. Debussy is among the most important of all French composers, and a central figure in European music of the turn of the 20th century. He was made Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1903.His music is noted for its sensory component and how it is not often formed around one key or pitch. Often Debussy's work reflected the activities or turbulence in his own life. His music virtually defines the transition from late-Romantic music to 20th century modernist music. In French literary circles, the style of this period was known as symbolism, a movement that directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant.