Wednesday, December 10, 2014


“Talent is only the starting point.”
AUTHOR: Irving Berlin
"Talent means nothing without a good
  work ethic and a good attitude.”


For Solo flute
La Flute by Berthon
Emmanuel Pahud, Flute

Jean-Pierre Rampal, Flute
Marc Chagal: Syrinx Fable
Sarah Bassingwaithe, Flute

Originally called Flûte de Pan, "Syrinx"

was intended to provide atmospheric

background music to an uncompleted
play, Psyche, by Gabriel Mourey.

Syrinx into a Reed or Pane e Siringa, Book I,
Illustration from Ovid's Metamorphoses, Florence, 1832

In Greek mythology the Syrinx was an Arcadian nymph,

who, being pursued by Pan, fled into the river Ladon,

and at her own request was metamorphosed into a
reed in order to hide from Pan. Unable to locate her
Pan was only able to get his hands on the reeds.
Noticing the plaintive notes produced by these
through his sighs of desperation Pan cut the reeds
down, using nine pieces to fashion himself a pipe
to play, creating the instrument, he named the
Syrinx, after her.
Pan and Syrinx
BLewis Gidley
John Martineau:
The Arcadian Nymph Syrinx
The nymph Syrinx ran
From Goat-footed Pan,
Who sought the coy beauty to gain;
Through grove, over lawn,
Like a startled fawn,
In the haunts of the shepherd swain.
Arnold Böcklin:
Syrinx fleeing from the onslaught of Pan
Her long yellow hair,
From her forehead flair;
Stream’d back, as she hasten’d her flight,
Like a cloud that flies
Through the wind-swept skies,
or a swift comet’s trail of light.
Large heat-drops bedew’d
Her brow, when the flood
Of Ladon she reach’d,
Ladon River
Which arrested,
With its silver sheet,
Her uncertain feet
Whose, speed so rudely been tested.
Naiads (Naeids)
On each Naiad sister
She call’d, to assist her,
Thus asking them succor to give her;
Noel Nicolas Coypel: Pan and Syrinx,1690
“O grant me escape,
By changing my shape,
Ye Nymphs of the fountain and river!”
They heard, and the prize
Was snatch’d from the eyes
Of Pan, at the end of the race;
Edmund Dulac
For, greatly dismay’d,
He seized not the maid,
But only some reeds in her place.
“Ah, cheat!” then he cried;
But the reeds replied,
With murmurs, reproving his error;
And still as they trembled,
Their shaking resembled
The shuddering emotion of terror.
Walter Crane: Pan and Syrinx
But some consolation,
To soothe his vexation,
Pan found in a pipe which he made
Of the reeds, to blow
On whose wax-join’d row,
Was his solace in grot and glade.
Bocklin, Arnold: Pan in the Reeds
English Poet John Keats

Tells the story of Pan and Syrinx
So did he feel who pulled the bough aside,
That we might look into a forest wide,

Telling us how fair trembling Syrinx fled
Arcadian Pan, with such a fearful dread.

Poor nymph- poor Pan- how he did weep to find
Nought but a lovely sighing of the wind.

Along the reedy stream; a half-heard strain,
Full of sweet desolation, balmy pain.

Arnold Bocklin
Arnold Bocklin
Maxfield Parrish - The Errant Pan
Maxfield Parrish: The Errant Pan

The nymph (also meaning girl) is a nature spirit,
immortal or at least with a long life who, as a
prophetess or a holder of knowledge, acts as a
mediator between the Gods and man. Often
she is portrayed as a beautiful and attractive
young woman tied to a natural phenomenon
[mostly linked to pleasant and benevolent
aspects of nature (apart from a few
exceptions)] or a particular place,
perhaps a countryside,
but not always.

Wood nymph with iris
Gaston Bussière: Nymph with Iris, 1911
Wood nymph
Robert Poetzelberger: 
Wood Nymph, 1886
Sophie Anderson: The Head of a Nymph 
Heritage History
The story of Syrinx, the reed,
as Ovid has told it.