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Das Stunden-Buch (The Book of Hours) (1905) is one of Rilke’s earlier works, consisting of a few dozen devotional poems expressing the poet’s intense and complex emotions towards God. The traditional “Book of Hours” was a popular manual for Christian life used throughout the year during the Middle Ages, and Rilke adapts its structure to depict one’s relationship with God at different stages of life and worship. My setting of Das Stunden-Buch includes four poems from the collection, which together reflect the overall dramatic narrative of the work, from wonderment and awe, to fear and misunderstanding, and finally to complete acceptance and embracing of a higher power. This short prelude serves to introduce the characters of the piano and clarinet, which represent the mind and soul of the poet, and to set the mysterious and contemplative tone for the piece.
Dr. Rex Isenberg
II. Mein Leben (My life)
My life is not this steep hour
through which you see me hurrying.
I am a tree standing before my background,
I am only one of many mouths,
and truly, the one that is the first to close.
I am the space between two tones
which, together, sound badly:
for the note wants death –
But in the dark interval they are reconciled,
and tremble together.
And the song stays beautiful.