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Harrison Birtwistle

Orpheus Elegies (2003-04)

Plays: 2370

for oboe, harp and countertenor
Elegy 26, Sonnet II, 29
Duration: 01 mins 03 secs
Melinda Maxwell/Helen Tunstall/Andrew Watts
(p) 2009 Melinda Maxwell © 2009 Oboe Classics

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Text heard on Sample:
Und wenn dich das Irdische vergass,
zu der stillen Erde sag: Ich rinne.
Zu dem raschen Wasser sprich: Ich bin.

And when the world has forgotten you,
tell the quiet earth: I flow.
To the rushing water say: I am.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), Sonnet II, 29 (last verse)

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