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‘Tell me, O Muse…’ This is the opening line of Homer’s Odyssey. Many artists followed him in calling on their muses for inspiration. Many composers were among them.

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.

Preludes op. 28 (1839), Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
(arr. M. Toxopeus)

Introduction et variations sur une ronde populaire (1936), Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937)

Berceuse op. 16 (1878), Gabriel Fauré (1854-1924)
(arr. A. Vrieswijk)

Le voir dit (The true story) (1361), Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377)
(arr. M. Toxopeus)

String quartet op. 121 (1923), Gabriel Fauré (1854-1924)
(arr. A. Vrieswijk)