poet Rainer Maria Rilke did
not believe in life after death and believed that mortality is what
makes life precious.
"mortality gives life its fragrance"
Being Here, with words from the
9th Duino Elegy is about the
beauty of mortality.
"Once for each
thing" But that once "cannot be undone"
Being Here for SATB, Alto Solo, Piano, flute, Bb
Clarinet, and Cello.
Here - Piano Score
Here - Instrumental Parts
see also Come, Lovely and Soothing Death - Walt Whitman