August 2006 Convention
Pittsburgh, PA

Syrinx: Inspiration, Integrity, and Interpretation

August 12, 2006

Demigods and nymphs, archetypes in their quests, and flute stories from cultures throughout the world have long made their way into our repertoire. Kathryn Blocki, Laurel Ewell, and Rebecca Hovan collaborated to present a template for teaching Debussy’s Syrinx with a solid rhythmic foundation complemented by understanding the melodic content and relating both to the text of French symbolist poet Gabriel Mourey. The point was made of the daunting difficulty of relearning a work that has been compromised rhythmically and technically upon first encounter. Ewell contributed illuminating observations about the integration of whole tone and pentatonic scales and the dramatic use of tritones.

—Ginny Atherton