Siren’s song

for orchestra

Commissioned by Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg

Description

First performance: 25 March 2021 – Budapest
Pannon Philharm. Orch.
Conductor: Peter Eötvös

 

For millennia, sirens – killer birds with women’s heads – have been the most famous singers in mythology.

My composition “Sirens´s song” was inspired by three authors. According to Homer, the sirens seduced sailors with their bewitching song and then killed them. Ulysses cautiously puts wax in his ears, so that he can lay eyes on but cannot hear them. Kafka suggests that the sirens cunningly fooled Ulysses because they refused to sing for him, anyway.
The sirens are the muses of the underworld. Non only Joyce did they seduce but also all composers who have tried to make audible what Ulysses could never hear.

/Peter Eötvös/

 

 

 

 

Performances

1 Jun, 2021
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Siren´s Song, Alhambra

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Gürzenich-Orchester
Eötvös: Siren´s Song
Eötvös: Alhambra  - violin concerto No 3. (Isabelle Faust)
Xenakis: Shaar
Varèse: Amériques

31 May, 2021
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Siren´s Song, Alhambra

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Gürzenich-Orchester
Eötvös:Siren´s Song
Eötvös: Alhambra  - violin concerto No 3. (Isabelle Faust)
Xenakis: Shaar
Varèse: Amériques

30 May, 2021
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Siren´s Song, Alhambra

Gürzenich-Orchester
Eötvös: Siren´s Song
Eötvös: Alhambra  - violin concerto No 3. (Isabelle Faust)
Xenakis: Shaar
Varèse: Amériques

9 May, 2021
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Siren´s Song, Alhambra

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Concerto Orchestra
Program:
Eötvös: Siren´s Song
Eötvös: Alhambra - violin concerto (Isabelle Faust)
Debussy: Prélude à l´après-midi d´un faune
Debussy: Ibéria- Images pour Orchestre No 2

Venue: Müpa, Budapest

8 May, 2021
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Siren´s Song, Alhambra

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Concerto Orchestra
Program:
Eötvös: Siren´s Song
Eötvös: Alhambra - violin concerto (Isabelle Faust)
Debussy: Prélude à l´après-midi d´un faune
Debussy: Ibéria - Images pour orchestre No 2

Venue: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest

Details

Genre:
Duration:
12 minutes
Date:
2020

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TITLE Dur. Soloists & choir fl ob cl bcl bn   hn tpt tbn tba   perc pf hp   vn1 vn2 va vc db Other Tech
Siren’s song
Orchestra - Chamber Orchestra
12'33213 2220 200 14121086

Middle-size orchestra

3333-2220-2 Perc- 14-12-10-8-6
or 12-10-8-6-4

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