Music From Riverside     Mortality

The 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"

play          Being Here for SATB, Alto Solo, Piano, flute, Bb Clarinet, and Cello.

Being Here - Piano Score

Being Here - Instrumental Parts

see also Come, Lovely and Soothing Death - Walt Whitman