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Simon Holt

Publisher: Chester Music

Syrensong (1987)
commissioned by the BBC for the BBC Proms
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
1987
Duration
15 Minutes
Programme Note
Simon Holt Syrensong (1987)
The Sirens were sea-nymphs who had the power of charming by their song all who heard them, so that unhappy mariners were irresistibly impelled to cast themselves into the sea to their destruction.

Syrensong is dedicated with much affection to Bill Mann, and is approximately 14 minutes in duration.

© Simon Holt



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In Syrensong, Holt's first piece for symphony orchestra, the piccolo trumpet represents the siren of classical mythology whose seductive powers bewitched unsuspecting mariners. Conductor Thierry Fischer underlined its sense of urgency and ultimately of doom, with moments of colour vividly imprinting themselves along the way
Rian Evans, The Guardian,11/1/2009
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