Pan & Syrinx
My new piece Pan & Syrinx is performed by flutist Cem Önertürk and cellist Gökhan Bağcı in İstanbul, Süreyya Opera House during the young composers’ festival called Sesin Yolculuğu 6 (the Journey of the Sound).
From the program note:
Pan & Syrinx is composed with the inpiration of the nonconvergent Anatolian myth with the same name of the piece. While flute is impersonating Syrinx, cello represents Pan. Being nonconvergent annotates within the piece through formal, timbral and temporal aspects of the music. Sometimes the composition tries to move away from the romantic essence of its story and it aims to take attention to the importance of symbolic meanings around us which are carrying and transmitting very important information through history.
Here is the myth:
“Syrinx was a beautiful, gamesome wood Nymph from Arcadia. She was famous for her strong passion for hunting.
One day, the Greek satyr Pan spotted Syrinx in the backwoods on her way to hunt. Delighted from what he saw, Pan decided to approach her lustfully. Syrinx, however, was a very proud Nymph who didn’t wish to be loved- so she ran away to avoid the satyr.
But Pan took off in pursuit.
Suddenly, the Nymph’s path became cut by the river Ladon. Desperately, Syrinx appealed to the river god to rescue her, until finally her prayers were heard and the river god turned Syrinx into a reed.
Musée Bonnat – Pan et Syrinx – Peter Paul Rubens (ca. 1636) Musée Bonnat – Pan et Syrinx – Peter Paul Rubens (ca. 1636)
Soon enough, Pan managed to reach Syrinx and spread his arms to fondle and embrace her- but all he found inside his arms was a plain tuft of reeds. Pan sighed out desperately… a sigh so deep that it sounded through the reeds, producing a melody!
Charmed by this melody, Pan bunched up small pieces of reed and produced a pan pipe, which he named “Syrinx” to honor the Nymph. Everywhere he went, Pan took his beloved Syrinx with him, delighting deities with its harmonious sounds.”