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Edmund Jolliffe

Edmund Jolliffe Pan

for oboe and electronics

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Pan - score and part
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One of the famous myths of Pan involves the origin of his pan flute, fashioned from lengths of hollow reed. Syrinx was a lovely water-nymph of Arcadia, daughter of Landon, the river-god. As she was returning from the hunt one day, Pan met her. To escape from his importunities, the fair nymph ran away and didn't stop to hear his compliments. He pursued from Mount Lycaeum until she came to her sisters who immediately changed her into a reed. When the air blew through the reeds, it produced a plaintive melody. The god, still infatuated, took some of the reeds, because he could not identify which reed she became, and cut seven pieces joined them side by side in gradually decreasing lengths, and formed the musical instrument bearing the name of his beloved Syrinx. Henceforth Pan was seldom seen without it.

This piece attempts to tell the above story of Pan, who strikes me as a very frustrated lover - never quite in tune with Syrinx and never winning her over.

This work has been selected for inclusion in the New Oboe Music Project Collection. For more information on the Project please visit

Performance of this work requires an electronic backing track. Due to the size of the files, please contact Composers Edtion when ordering this piece to receive all performance materials.

Additional Information

Composer Edmund Jolliffe
Year of Composition 2011
Instrumentation electronics, Oboe
Duration ca. 7' 30"
Student Difficulty N/A

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