The Bethsaida Miracle

The Bethsaida Miracle

The Bethsaida Miracle (2007)

For Mezzosoprano and Piano

Premiered by Poliana Alves (Mezzo) and Ernane Machado (Piano) at Casa da Cultura – Uberlândia, MG, 2012.

Duration: 9’.18”

The Bethsaida Miracle for Mezzosoprano and Piano was written for Universal Sacred Music – an organization located in Mt. Kisco, New York, USA, which promotes the diffusion of contemporary concert music with sacred content. The piece is structured as a miniature Oratorio with five short and distinct acts, in a narrative and lyrical way, similar the mediaeval autos and Holy Week celebrations.

The Bethsaida Miracle – Text extracted from the Gospel of Saint Matthews

And they went to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to him. And they petitioned him, so that he would touch him.

And taking the blind man by the hand, he led him beyond the village. And putting spit on his eyes, laying his hands on him, he asked him if he could see anything. And looking up, he said: “I see men but they are like walking trees”.

Next he placed his hands again over his eyes. And he began to see. And he was restored, so that he could see everything clearly. And he sent him to his house, saying: “Go into your own house, and if you enter the town, tell no one”.

And Jesus departed with his disciples into the town of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way, he questioned his disciples, saying to them: “Who do men say that I am?” And they answered him by saying: “John, the Baptist, others Elijah, still other perhaps one of the prophets.”

Then he said to them: “Yet truly, who do you say that I am?” Peter responded by saying to him, “You are the Christ.” And he admonished them, not to tell anyone about him.

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