Unfortunately their admiration wasn’t always reciprocated by their beautiful subjects. In the program ‘The Muses’ Syrène will demonstrate what composers were capable of when mesmerized by their unrequited love. In the 14th century Guillaume de Machaut was left lonesome and in love by Péronne d’Armentières, who was 40 years his junior. Many centuries later Frédéric Chopin was heavily infatuated by the Ukranian Delfina Potocka. She was his former piano student and their friendship lasted a lifetime: two days before Chopin’s death she sung an aria by Händel for him at his request. And also Gabriel Fauré was deeply in love, his muse was Marianne Viardot. For four years she strung him along before she conceded to marry him. But then she broke off the engagement at the last moment.
Luckely, all this heartache resulted in beautiful music. And the pieces will be presented by the Syrenes with intriguing texts, in which they will try to place themselves in the shoes of the muses.
SAKSOFON I ROSSII
Russian composers embracing the saxophone
Syrène Saxophone Quartet is throwing a Russian themed party to celebrate the saxophone. Including the beautiful late romantic music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, – one of the first Russian composers to use the saxophone in his symphonic compositions-, and a hidden gem by female composer Elena Firsova.
Alexander Glazunov composed his ‘Canzona Variée’ like it was a string quartet after being struck by the saxophone quartet during his stay in Paris. Syrène will now give her own interpretation of this masterpiece of the saxophone literature.
The grand finale is Modest Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’. This piece is best known in the orchestration by Maurice Ravel, in which Ravel used the alto saxophone. In Syrènes own transcription of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece all recourses will be used by using eight saxophones!
Saksofon I Rossii can be seen as a toast to Glazunov’s 150th birthday. He was one of the leading Russian composers really to embrace the saxophone. NAZDROVJE!
Enter our smokey café in the hart of New Orleans through the old-fashioned revolving door. Scott Joplin is playing the honky-tonk piano in the corner. George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein are smoking a cigar at the bar and absorbing the music. But not only classical composers are getting inspired, before long jazz music is coming up. Phil Woods finds his true saxophone sounds while drinking a bourbon at our regular table. He writes down his thoughts on paper.
There’s lots of live music in our café. Everything on the saxophone, because jazz, classical music with jazz influences and even that ‘ragged’ predecessor of jazz just sound so good on the sax! Also the modern, popular American sound of Michael Nyman is great on saxophones and is a beautiful addition.
La Nouvelle Vie
Feel the atmosphere of Christmas with four Sirenes of winter. The ladies of the Syrène Saxophone Quartet will transform a regular concert into a winter wonder land. You will enjoy beautiful classical pieces by Bach, Saint-Saëns and Van Klaveren intertwined with well known Christmas carols. The Syrène Saxophone Quartet will bring you a warm winter concert to end the year in style.