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Syrinx for Solo Flute: Rhythmic Teaching Edition

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Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

As always with a new approach to teaching an old favourite there will be those who love and those who don't love Kathryn Blocki's method of making the rhythm of Syrinx easier to learn. The progression is straightforward, starting with a very simplfied version that becomes more complex until it reaches the real thing. This is set out as a score so that each version is visible above the original. It's an interesting approach and the best way to see if it works is to try it for yourself!

From the Publisher

The first six (oversized) pages of this edition systematically teach students how to play Syrinx with rhythmic integrity. In many instances the teacher and student will play through the composition as a rhythmic duet to reinforce the divisions and subdivisions of the beat. Pages 7-8 contain just the solo, with the breath marks from the 1913 Brussel's manuscript clearly marked and all other breaths in parentheses. Because it is on oversized paper the fast moving notes are much simpler to read than previous editions. Playing and teaching Syrinx has never been so easy! Additionally, an article by Laurel Ewell explains the text of the melodrama for which Syrinx was written. Each phrase of Syrinx was written to describe or portray the corresponding text. This knowledge is invaluable in understanding how Debussy intended the piece to be played. This edition is licensed through the Theodore Presser Co, with permission by Jobert.

Performance duration (approx): 4'00

Difficulty guide: 7-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  • Explanation of the method
  • Score version
  • Original music
  • The Relationship between Music and Poetry in Syrinx by Laurel Ewell

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Solo Flute Repertoire
Publisher: Blocki
Our Stock Code: 1452136
Media Type: Paperback (8 pages [score])