The nymph Syrinx returns to the forest of Arcadia, where she frolics among the trees and rocks and listens to the songs of birds.
I played this Syrinx in the woods at Lake George, New York, before performing a concert at Lake George Music Festival.
As I played, I felt myself very aware of this being Day 365, and except for the bonus performance of Syrinx on Debussy’s birthday the following day, this would bring my joyful year of Syrinx to a close. It was a bittersweet moment for me and my mother, Ronni Gordon Stillman, who has been integral to the project as film director and cameraman for the majority of videos. Beyond her filming, we have worked together throughout Syrinx Journey, exploring topics and conceiving of themes. Sometimes, when I was in danger of running out of ideas or simply was not able to plan a theme for Syrinx on a full day of other activities, Ronni came to the rescue because she had somehow managed to come up with a brilliant idea – a related composer’s birthday, an artistic or literary connection to Syrinx – while simultaneously writing her latest book. I am fortunate to have had such a companion on my journey, and one who shared my passion for the project, my determination to reach my goal, and my love for Debussy’s music.