Les Sirènes (The Sirens)

Les Sirenes bloulanger

This is Canzona’s season to portray les sirènes, the beautiful and dangerous mythological creatures who lured sailors to their deaths on the rocks. We just finished singing the Sirènes movement from Debussy’s Nocturnes with the SLO Symphony, and now we’re preparing Les Sirènes by Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) for Singtime in Paris. Possibly as a tribute to Debussy, who admired her work, the composer chose the opening motif of the harp part in his Nocturnes to create the extended pattern in the left hand of the piano. But unlike Debussy, whose sirens are heard as a distant, haunting sound, Boulanger’s are front and center, boasting of their deadly beauty themselves! Soprano Kristina Horacek is our soloist, singing of  “immortal sisters offered to the desires of your earthly hearts.”