Today marks the birthday of Claude Debussy, born in 1862, and the first anniversary of the completion of my Syrinx Journey, my personal tribute to the great composer through daily video recordings of his masterwork for solo flute, Syrinx, with commentary on my blog.
To celebrate Debussy’s birthday this year while I was performing with Dolce Suono Ensemble in residence at the Lake George Music Festival in New York, I recorded Syrinx at The Sembrich, the museum dedicated to the golden age soprano Marcella Sembrich located in her former studio on the banks of Lake George. It was fitting that I should be there, for she was a contemporary of Debussy and his songs were part of her repertoire. Fascinating memorabilia of her dazzling career fills the museum, including autographs by Brahms, Verdi, Puccini, and Mark Twain.
A photograph of Debussy hangs in the studio.
With curator and composer Richard Wargo, who welcomed my parents and me most warmly and gave us a fascinating tour.