This rendition of “Syrinx” marks the 101st anniversary of Debussy’s death in Paris on March 25, 1918. I’m in the Chapel of the Four Chaplains at Temple Performing Arts Center.
This morning I rehearsed with Matthew Levy, saxophone and Charles Abramovic, piano in Charlie’s office at Temple University. We’re preparing to reprise much of our “Debussy and Jazz” concert we did last week this Sunday at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA. While Matt and Charlie rehearsed Debussy’s Rapsody for Saxophone and Piano, I popped into the piano lab to play Syrinx. The program also includes Debussy’s works Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Afternoon of a Faun) arranged for flute and piano by Gustave Samazeuilh and Golliwog’s Cakewalk, from Children’s Corner, for piano, and music by Charles Koechlin, Jelly Roll Morton, Rowland Fixel and Sylvan Grosner, Jeremy Gill, and Matthew Levy.
It was unusual to play surrounded by so many Yamaha Clavinovas!