New Video Release: Orpheus With His Lute

New Video Release: Orpheus With His Lute

Local composer Alvaro Bermudez revisits his 2017 composition

In anticipation of our 2021-22 Season, we will be releasing a new recording every other Friday for your enjoyment. Today we present Orpheus With His Lute, composed by Alvaro Bermudez and recorded in May 2021 at Comber Hall, Church of the Little Flower in Miami, FL. Find out more about the composition below:

Miami-based composer Alvaro Bermudez composed Orpheus With His Lute in 2017 for Seraphic Fire’s 15th Anniversary. With Orpheus, Bermudez sets a song from William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII in combination with the “In paradisum” text from the Latin requiem mass. This world-premiere recording features the composer accompanying Seraphic Fire on the guitar.


Orpheus With His Lute

Orpheus with his lute made trees, and the mountain tops that freeze, bow themselves, when he did sing;

To his music, plants and flow’rs ever sprung as sun and show’rs, there had made a lasting spring.

In Paradisum deducant te angeli: in tuo adventu suscipiat te Martyres, et perdeucant te in civitatem santam Jerusalem.

Everything that heard him play, even the billows of the sea,

Hung their heads and then lay by.

In sweet music is such art, killing care and grief of heart.

Fall asleep or hearing die.

Chorus Angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere aeternam habeas requiem.

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