Ritual text for the afterlife (2019)
for female voice and vibraphone.
Fascinating texts written on small gold tablets that were deposited in graves provide a unique source of information about what some Greeks and Romans believed regarding the fate that awaited them after death, and how they could influence it. Texts, dating from the late fifth century BCE to the second century CE.
The tablets belonged to those who had been initiated into the mysteries of Dionysus Bacchius and relied heavily upon myths narrated in poems ascribed to the mythical singer Orpheus.
The text I have used is from the cist- grave of a woman, around 400 BCE; now in the Museo Archeologico Statale di Vibo. The rectangular gold tablet, folded several times, was found lying on the upper chest of the skeleton and was perhaps attached to its neck by a tiny string.
Source: RITUAL TEXTS FOR THE AFTERLIFE
Orpheus and the Bacchic Gold Tablets
Fritz Graf and Sarah Iles Johnston (2007)
dur. c. 4 ' 30"