Americas Society to Present World Premiere of Alyssa Regent’s ‘Mors Osculi’

By David Salazar
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The Americas Society will present the world premiere of Alyssa Regent’s “Mors Osculi” on Feb. 29, 2024.

The work for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, bass, percussion, harp, guitar, and electronics is set across eight movements and commissioned by Americas Society.

“The idea for the song cycle aligns with my musical exploration of human emotions, emphasizing my return to the concept of music moving ‘the passions,’ or more commonly known as the Doctrine of the Affections, which emerged in the Baroque era,” said Regent on the official Americas Society website. “However, instead of focusing on how music moves the emotion, I explore how femininity and the power of the erotic, as explained by Audre Lorde, is the underlying authority when it comes to embodying our emotions fully and acting with passion in a romantic and non-romantic context. In ‘Mors Osculi,’ music is as much given as it is received, with passion and eroticism.”

Regent is a composer born in Guadaloupe that is based in New York. She is a DMA in composition at Columbia University.