Du bist die Zukunft (print)

Medium voice and piano–4′

The sun rises in the piano introduction, preparing Rilke’s mystical meditation. A song with a powerful spiritual, but non-sectarian message.

Listen to a performance by Clara Osowski, mezzo, Tyler Wottrich, piano

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Du bist die Zukunft (You are the future)

Medium voice, piano
3′ duration
German text: Rainer Maria Rilke, from Stundenbuch (The Book of Hours) II, 22
Commissioned by the American Composers Forum in honor of Hella Mears Hueg.
Premiere—2005, by Jake Endres and Thelma Hunter, Saint Paul, MN.
4 pages
Voice range:

Published by North Star Music.

Du bist die Zukunft, großes Morgenrot
über den Ebenen der Ewigkeit.
Du bist der Hahnschrei nach der Nacht der Zeit,
der Tau, die Morgenmette und die Maid,
der fremde Mann, die Mutter und der Tod.
Du bist die sich verwandelnde Gestalt,
die immer einsam aus dem Schicksal ragt,
die unbejubelt bleibt und unbeklagt
und unbeschrieben wie ein wilder Wald.
Du bist der Dinge tiefer Inbegriff,
der seines Wesens letztes Wort verschweigt
und sich den Andern immer anders zeigt:
dem Schiff als Küste und dem Land als Schiff.

Rainer Maria Rilke (Stundenbuch II, 22)

You are the future, the immense morning glow
over the plains of eternity.
You are the cockcrow after the night of ages,
the dew, the morning bells and the maiden,
the stranger, the mother, death itself.
ou are the ever-changing shape
which rises from fate always alone—
which remains as unsung and unlamented
and undescribed as a forest wilderness.
You are the quintessence of things,
which conceals the last word of its being
and which always points away to the others:
to the ship as shore, to the land as a ship.

trans. David Evan Thomas

For other works on texts by Rilke, see Ein Gebet, for high voice and piano, and Forever Toward You, for SATB unaccompanied.

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Weight 0.125 lbs


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