Rainer Maria Rilke


Rainer Maria Rilke

1875 - 1926

René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), better known as Rainer Maria Rilke, was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist. He is "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets".He wrote both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as inherently "mystical". His writings include one novel, several collections of poetry and several volumes of correspondence in which he invokes haunting images that focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude and profound anxiety. These deeply existential themes tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist writers.

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Read some of Rilke's work here, on Poetry Foundation.

Song List

This list is likely to be of songs that have been performed at Oxford International Song Festivals and Oxford Song events, and may not be comprehensive of this composer's compositions. This database is ever growing as a work in progress, with further songs regularly being added.

1. Extinguish my eyes... Leonard Bernstein
2. When my soul touches yours Leonard Bernstein
Bei dir ist es traut (1910) Alma Mahler (Schindler-Mahler)
Bestürz mich, Musik (2010) Stephen Hough
Départ (1951) Op. 27 no.5 Samuel Barber
Herbst (2010) Stephen Hough
Herbsttag (2010) Stephen Hough
I love the dark hours of my being Brad Mehldau
I love you, gentlest of ways Brad Mehldau
Klage (2010) Stephen Hough
Le clocher chante (1951) Op. 27 no.4 Samuel Barber
Puisque tout passe (1951) Op. 27 no.1 Samuel Barber
Tombeau dans un parc (1951) Op. 27 no.3 Samuel Barber
Tränenkrüglein (2010) Stephen Hough
Traumgekrönt (1907) Alban Berg
Un cygne (1951) Op. 27 no.2 Samuel Barber

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