The tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice - Brendan Pelsue
- 7,499,954 Views
- 18,289 Questions Answered
- TEDEd Animation
Orfeo, a 1607 opera by the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, is one of the first operas ever written and the oldest that is still regularly performed. Listen to it here.
The composers Gluck, Haydn, Liszt, and Stravinsky also wrote music inspired by Orpheus and Eurydice. Listening to their different compositions allows you to compare how different artists from different periods in history have imagined the mythical music of Orpheus, which was so beautiful it (almost) overcame death.
Euridyce, a 2003 play by the playwright Sarah Ruhl, imagines the story from Eurydice’s perspective.
Orphée is a 1950 film by the French filmmaker and writer Jean Cocteau; the second part in his trilogy inspired by the Orpheus and Eurydice myth.
Create and share a new lesson based on this one.
More from Myths From Around the World
The myth of Pegasus and the chimera
lesson duration 05:42
The myth of Zeus' test
lesson duration 06:09
Love vs. Honor: The Irish myth of Diarmuid’s betrayal
lesson duration 05:06
The myth of the original star-crossed lovers
lesson duration 05:10