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ORPHEUS var den legendariske digter, sanger og harpespiller i antikkens græske mytologi, som kunne fortrylle hele verden - både levende og døde - med sin sang. Han elskede sin skønne Eurydice, men hun døde brat efter at være blevet bidt i hælen af en slange.


Orpheus rejste derfor til Underverdenen for at vinde sin elskede tilbage, og hans sang og spil rørte Hades' hjerte så inderligt, at hun fik lov at følge med ham tilbage til Jorden. Men på én betingelse: han skulle gå hele vejen foran hende, og han måtte ikke vende sig om undervejs for at se hende.


Selvfølgelig var han ikke i stand til at modstå fristelsen. Og i samme øjeblik, han vendte sig, forsvandt hun for evigt fra hans blik.



Orpheus was the legendary poet, singer and harp player in ancient Greek mythology who was able to charm all the world - living and death - with his music.  He loved his beautiful Eurydice who died from a fatal bite in her heel by a snake.


Orpheus travelled to the Underworld, and his singing and playing softened the heart of Hades who agreed to let Eurydice return to the earth. But on one condition only: he should walk all the way in front of her and never look back until they had reached the upper world.


Of course he was unable to resist the temptation, and the very moment he turned to look at her, she vanished forever.



Orpheus (2019)

for solo harp

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The piece is part of the

Olympic Suite