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Metaphysisch (for Mezzo and Piano)

I. Imaginärer Lebenslauf

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Maayan Voss de Bettancourt, Mezzo Soprano/Shawn Chang, Piano
Ross Crean/Text by Rainer Maria Rilke

Story

Copyright 2017 Ross Crean/Knight & Thorne Music/ASCAP

Composed by Ross Crean. Text by Rainer Maria Rilke.

Performed by:
Maayan Voss de Bettancourt, Mezzo Soprano
Shawn Chang, Piano

World Premiere at Opera America for the OperaRox Productions' New Works Concert as a part of the 2017 New York Opera Fest.

Lyrics

Translation:
I. Imaginary Biography

First a childhood, limitless and without renunciation or goals. 
O unselfconscious joy. 
Then suddenly terror, barriers, schools, drudgery, 
and collapse into temptation and loss.
Defiance. The one bent becomes the bender, 
and thrusts upon others that which it suffered. 
Loved, feared, rescuer, fighter, winner
and conqueror, blow by blow.
And then alone in cold, light, open space,
yet still deep within the mature erected form,
a gasping for the clear air of the first one, the old one . . .
Then God leaps out from behind his hiding place.