Sirens of the Sand
Composed and Arranged by Rob Stein Percussion by Eric Kruse Originally commissioned for: Eastwood High School - El Paso, TX
Sirens of the Sand puts a desert-island twist on the mythical Siren, a creature half bird and half woman who lured sailors to destruction by the sweetness of her song. These sirens, however, rule the sand rather than the sea, using their beautiful song against those who dare to venture across their desert.
The show opens with a haunting alto flute solo, as we first hear the siren’s song. An extended percussion introduction leads to the first ensemble impact which will no doubt get the audience excited for what’s to come! Your Alto Saxophone soloist will have the chance to play siren next, with a dizzying solo, that also lies incredibly comfortably on the instrument! A well-timed transition is followed by a beautiful flute/flugelhorn duet, leading up to a final set of impacts with a moment for your band to show off their choreography skills.
Incredible sound design and percussion textures make for a seamless transition in between movements, as our flute soloist returns to sing another siren song. Your woodwind section has the chance to show off some technique underneath the solo. A tension-building ritardando leads to a lush impact which seamlessly transitions into a fast-paced closer.
There’s no stopping the sirens now – the third movement starts out with a dizzying woodwind feature, followed by a chance for your battery to shine. After a brief ensemble moment (which begs for more choreography!), the flute soloists returns to sing the siren song once more. This time, the song finally lures us in. Pointed dissonance warns that danger is coming, but we can’t escape by now; the sirens have lured us in and we have fallen victim to their song! A final impact will make it clear to your whole audience who has won the day, both across desert and on the field!
*This show contains arrangements for which rights must be paid, including:
“Shapons Vindaloo” – Snarky Puppy
“Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!” – Avner Dorman
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