Celebrating Claude Debussy's 151st birthday through unusual performances of Syrinx
It turns out that I do totally love this piece of music, but it may well be true that many people do not know much about a lot of the other great music he wrote.
Anyway, I decided to celebrate the birthday in my own way. I chose Debussy’s famous work for solo flute, Syrinx, as a starting point.
Two years ago, I already linked to a fine performance of it on flute by Emmannuel Pahud. There are many other good performances on flute, but inspired by Emily O’Brien’s performance that I attended last year of Syrinx on tenor recorder, I looked for other non-flute performances of this music.
I found two intriguing ones to share.
One is another tenor recorder performance, by Kenjiro Hibi. This Japanese musician made it seem as though it were traditional Japanese shakuhachi music!
Then I found this amazing performance on trumpet, by Alison Balsom.
I found this through someone else’s blog post on Syrinx for Debussy’s birthday!
More on Syrinx
Here is some interesting discussion of interpretation and editions.
At some point, of course, I must work on this piece and play it on flute. But not yet.
I have a fascination with music played in a context other than the original, such as on a different instrument. It was fun discovering some performances of Debussy’s Syrinx on recorder and trumpet.comments powered by Disqus