Lucifer’s Fall


Lucifer: “The infernal serpent”; fallen angel; antihero. In this programme, we present songs and duets from Harmonia Sacra and texts from Blake, Milton and the metaphysical poets, focusing on Lucifer’s fall, and themes of recklessness, betrayal, loss, hubris, penitence and redemption.


A mind not to be changed by place or time.
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heav’n of hell, a hell of heav’n.

John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667)

Texts: John Donne, George Herbert, John Milton, William Blake, etc.
Music by: Henry Purcell, John Blow, Pelham Humfrey, Matthew Locke, Tobias Hume.

Programme for 5 musicians: mezzosoprano, bass/baritone, 2 viole da gamba, basso continuo.