Der Nachbar

(Rilke)

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: sop, violin

Duration: 3 minutes

Program Notes

This song was a gift for the wonderful soprano & violinist Ursula Fiedler, as music she could self-perform.

Strange violin, are you following me?
Already, in how many distant cities
has your lonely night spoken to mine?
Are hundreds playing you? Only one?

Are there such men in all great cities,
who without you would already
have lost themselves in the rivers?
And why does it always hit me?

Why am I always the neighbor
of those who anxiously force you
to sing and to say: Life is harder
than the heaviness of all things.

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