ComposerJulian Dawes
Difficultymoderate and advanced
PublisherSOAM Music Publishing
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Picture of Sheet music  by Julian Dawes. A beautiful piece for solo oboe, based on the Greek myth of the Sirens who were creatures with the head of a female and the body of a bird.  Their iirresistible song lured mariners to their destruction.

In Greek mythology the Sirens were creatures with the head of a female and the body of a bird. They were the daughters of the muse Melpomene, herself the daughter of Zeus. They were Pisinoe, Aglaope and Thelxiope, companions of Pesephone, who was carried off by Hades. The sirens begged Zeus for wings to enable them to look for her and consequently they became half woman and half bird. They lived on an island and with the irresistible charm of their song they lured mariners to their destruction on the rocks surrounding their island. Once a sailor heard their song, he would be in their control. He would attempt to get as close to them as possible, steering the ship into the rocks and wrecking it.

This piece for oboe was composed in 2010. Its flexible, almost improvisational style, helps to evoke a vivid sense of beauty tinged with sadness and loneliness.

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