An Echoing Song

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An Echoing Song (2003)

SATB chorus, organ
4′ duration
Text: Rainer Maria Rilke, from Stundenbuch (1901), English translation by the composer.
Commissioned by the American Composers Forum through the Faith Partners Program.
Premiere—2003, by the Westminster Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir, Jere Lantz, conductor, Minneapolis, MN.
Published by ECS. Distributed by Canticle.

I live my life in ever-widening rings,
which spread over earth and sky.
I may not see the last full round,
But I will try, yes, I will try.I circle God, the primordial tower,
in orbits ages long.
And yet still I wonder, I wonder: what am I?
a falcon, a storm, or an echoing song?
Ich lebe mein Leben in wachsenden Ringen,
die sich ¸ber die Dinge ziehn.
Ich werde den letzten vielleicht nicht vollbringen,
aber versuchen will ich ihn.Ich kreise um Gott, um den uralten Turm,
und ich kreise jahrtausendelang;
und ich weifl noch nicht: bin ich ein Falke, ein Sturm
oder ein grofler Gesang.

Listen to An Echoing Song:

Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir, Minneapolis, conducted by Jere Lantz. Melanie Ohnstad, organ.


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