Four Late Poems and an Epigram of Rainer Maria Rilke

(1988)

by Oliver Knussen

Description
Unaccompanied soprano
Contributors
Rainer Maria Rilke (Author), S Mitchell (Translator)
Duration
10
Genres
Soprano
Text
Rainer Maria Rilke
Other Contributors
Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Languages
English
Commission

Commissioned by Jane Manning with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain

First Performance
10.6.89, Aldeburgh Festival, Leiston Church: Jane Manning
Availability

Score 0-571-51096-5 on sale

Programme Notes

Oliver Knussen FOUR LATE POEMS AND AN EPIGRAM OF RAINER MARIA RILKE, Op. 23 (1988) for soprano voice alone English translations by Stephen Mitchell These songs, written quickly and completely by intuition, were among the first music I composed after two years of virtual silence. “Gong” was written in August 1988 for the 70th birthday celebrations for Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood; the others followed in September and October. Four Late Poems was commissioned by Jane Manning with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain, and it was she who gave the first complete performance at the 1989 Aldeburgh Festival. © Oliver Knussen

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