Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble; Jill Windes, mezzo-soprano; Scott Ordway, conductor.
First performance November 2008, Beall Concert Hall, Eugene OR.
42 minutes in four movements:
I. On the last night, there were vultures in the air and wolves outside the door; with arms raised and throats wide, a cry went up to heaven.
II. The mirrors reflected the play, and the joy.
III. Sparkling fools, they were aglitter and aflame.
IV. Alone, but not afraid, it was the clocks that sang the world to sleep.
TEXT (movement IV)
Lord, it is time. The huge summer has gone by. Now lay thy shadows on the sundials and on the meadows let the wind go free.
Command the fruits to swell on tree and vine; grant them these more warm transparent days, urge them on to fullness then, and press the final sweetness into heavy wine.
Whoever has no home now, will never have one. Whoever is alone will stay alone, will sit, read, write long letters through the evening and wander boulevards, up and down, restlessly, while the dry leaves blow.
Text by Rainer Maria Rilke, freely adapted for music by the composer.