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Music Text

James Joyce (E)


3(II=afl;III=picc).2(II=corA).3(III=Ebcl).2(II=dbn)-4.4(III=Ebtpt).3.1-timp.perc(5):crot/xyl/4bongos/pop bottle(hi)/2tpl.bl/swanee.flute/flexatone/metal.rattle/guiro/claves/3cyms(sm,med,lg)/tgl(sm)/cast/plate bell(low c#)/vib/sirene.whistle/mark.tree/tamb(sm)/3SD/BD/chocalho/sandbox/maracas/police.whistle/sistrum/sleigh.bells/thunder.sheet/marimba/bell.tree/2tam-t(sm,lg)/alarm.clock/Japanese.tpl.bell(lg)/t.bells/glsp/hi-hat/vibraslap/whip-harp-pft-strings(

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Boosey & Hawkes

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
KKL, Konzertsaal, Luzern
Barbara Hannigan, soprano / Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle
Press Quotes

"…a dazzling reflection on Homer’s formidable femmes fatales… Chin’s new work is visceral, fast-paced and thrilling. It is written with arch-siren Barbara Hannigan in mind, and she could easily wreck a fleet of ships if she so desired. She floats to the stage chanting Homer’s text. This becomes James Joyce’s fragmented verbal fugue, sparkling like points of light on water. Hannigan’s theatrical energy, her effortless heights and unearthly precision all become part of a seductive whole; and then there is a sense of childlike joy and wonder in Chin’s sonic explorations. Le Silence des Sirènes is a great piece."
Financial Times

Recommended Recording

Barbara Hannigan, soprano / Berliner Philharmoniker / Sir Simon Rattle
BPHR 230411


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