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Music Text

The Bible, Rilke, Rumi (G)

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Anton J. Benjamin / Simrock

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere
Schloss, Seefeld
Monteverdi-Chor München / Konrad von Abel
Repertoire Note

The title's 'Third Word of Creation' refers to verses from Rilke's Book of Hours which indicate the fear of what other delicate experiments God might come up with after 'light' and 'man'. Schultz contradicts the text by combining it with the monolithic beginning of the First Book of Moses in the Old Testament, which is imbued with the rightness of God's actions, as well as with lines by the Persian poet Rumi in the translation by Friedrich Rückert. The latter indicate the comforting certainty of rebirth as a higher being up to the unfathomable spirit of God. The composer accomplishes the feat of weaving all three levels into a complex, ethereal structure in which the words nevertheless always remain clearly understandable.

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