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Three Rilke Songs

for soprano, clarinet and harp

Year:  2000   ·  Duration:  10m

Year:  2000
Duration:  10m

Ross Harris

Composer:   Ross Harris

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Sample Score

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The German poet Rilke has long been a favourite of both Ross and his wife, Barbro, who first drew his attention to the poems. In describing the work, Harris comments: "The world my settings evoke is romantic, nostalgic, angst ridden; qualities which suit so well Susan's voice and temperament. They are a little bit Mahlerian I suppose; some people say Webern, but I don't really think so, although they are a little bit fragmentary. I wrote them so quickly that they just follow the text. Whatever I do, I always write lines. All the music is linear, whatever the style. Even the chord progressions are going to be linear, whether harmony is important or not. This means the music is goal oriented, even if the goal is never reached; which is actually quite good for expressing what Rilke is about."

Commissioned note

Written for Susan Roper, Marina Sturm and Carolyn Mills

Carolyn Mills

Contents note

  1. Klage I
  2. Klage II
  3. Herbsttag

Text note

Text by Rainer Maria Rilke

Performance history

12 May 2012: La Harpe de Melodie - SMP Ensemble

Performed by Susan Roper (soprano), Patrick Barry (clarinet) and Caroline Mills (harp)