Rilke Gesänge (2009)
These five settings of poetry fragments by the Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) are scored for solo baritone. The sober melodic lines are characterized by the ambiguous use of diatonic and modal pitch structures. All setting are notated senza misura. Rests of relative durations are used extensively between melodic gestures or phrases. The final setting also uses relative pitch duration.
Rainer Maria Rilke