for soprano, viola, and cello
Text by Rainer Maria Rilke
premiered September 21, 2008
Lucy Shelton, soprano; Cynthia Fogg, viola; Tom Flaherty, cello
Bridges Hall, Claremont, California
Love Song is a setting of a short poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. My wife Cindy found it some years ago and it has been posted on my composition desk ever since. The fortuitous appearance by Lucy Shelton inspired this short setting, which is dedicated to Cindy.
How shall I withhold my soul so that
-Rainer Maria Rilke , translated by M. D. Herter Norton