Commissioned by Choral Arts Northwest. Robert Bode, conductor. World premiere May 14, 2016. Seattle, WA.
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From Rainer Rilke’s letter to Franz Kappus on July 16, 1903.
Translated from the original German by Jake Runestad.
Have patience with all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions like locked rooms or books written in a foreign tongue. Do not search for the answers now, for they cannot be given to you; you would not be able to live them. The point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday in the future, without noticing it, you will live your way into the answer.