Leda’s Lament: A Musical Adaptation of Sexual Assault Themes with Greek Mythological Origin Arranged for Flute Choir

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Craven, Catherine
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University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University
“Leda’s Lament” was created to raise awareness for the hundreds of thousands of women worldwide who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. I chose three songs, all based on stories from Greek Mythology, and organized a performance that debuted on November 18th, 2023. These musical selections included Syrinx, by Claude Debussy, The Four Moods of Pan, by Graham Powning, and Swan Upon Leda, by Andrew Hozier-Byrne. I arranged Swan Upon Leda for an ensemble consisting of piccolo, four c flutes, two alto flutes, two bass flutes, and the contrabass flute. I also contacted the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, and any proceeds from the concert were donated to this organization. I worked with my flute professor Dr. Deanna Little to arrange Hozier’s piece, and as the Fall semester began, I was responsible for rehearsing the concert with the MTSU Flute Choir.