Composed by Rachel Kroh at the Music that Makes Community Composers' Retreat in Brattleboro, VT in August of 2013
Lyrics by Rainer Maria Rilke from "Sonnets to Orpheus, Part One, IV"
Here's an audio recording of Fear Not the Pain made in Brattleboro in 2013.
Here's a pdf of the song transcribed by Marilyn Haskel.
Here's a pdf of an arrangement of the song in four-part harmony by Peter Amidon. If you like the arrangement, you might like some of Peter's other arrangements in 55 Anthems for the Small Church Choir.
Here is a translation of the poem:
Sonnets to Orpheus, Part One, IVby Rainer Maria Rilke
You who let yourselves feel: enter the breathing
that is more than your own.
Let it brush your cheeks
as it divides and rejoins behind you.
Blessed ones, whole ones,
you where the heart begins:
You are the bow that shoots the arrows
and you are the target.
Fear not the pain. Let its weight fall back
into the earth;
for heavy are the mountains, heavy the seas.
The trees you planted in childhood have grown
too heavy. You cannot bring them along.
Give yourselves to the air, to what you cannot hold.
Translated and edited by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy. © Riverhead, 2005.
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