Text by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translation by Stephen Mitchell
Sonnet to Orpheus, for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano, is a setting of Rilke’s exquisite third poem of the same title, using a wonderful translation by Stephen Mitchell. The setting is somewhat spare, including brief hand strokes directly on the piano harp, as well as singing over the harp and sounding board. Duration: 3:20.
Performed by Mezzo-Soprano Hannah Penn and Pianist Stephen Lewis
Sonnet to Orpheus : Score