From the recording II. Die Engel
Copyright 2017 Ross Crean/Knight & Thorne Music/ASCAP
Composed by Ross Crean. Text by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Performed by:Maayan Voss de Bettancourt, Mezzo SopranoShawn Chang, Piano
World Premiere at Opera America for the OperaRox Productions' New Works Concert as a part of the 2017 New York Opera Fest.
II. The Angel
They all have weary tonguesand bright, seamless souls.And a yearning (as for sin) sometimes goes through their dream.They all seem so alike;in God's garden silent they remain, like many, many intervalsin his power and melody.Only when their wings spread out, are they the awakeners of a wind:as if God with his broad handsof a sculptor went through the pages of the beginning's dark book.