Rainer Maria Rilke

Born 4 December 1875. Died 29 December 1926
Rainer Maria Rilke
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1875-12-04
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Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke Biography (Wikipedia)

René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), better known as Rainer Maria Rilke, was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist. He is "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets". He wrote both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as inherently "mystical". His writings include one novel, several collections of poetry and several volumes of correspondence in which he invokes haunting images that focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude and profound anxiety. These deeply existential themes tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist writers.

Rilke travelled extensively throughout Europe (including Russia, Spain, Germany, France and Italy), and in his later years settled in Switzerland — settings that were key to the genesis and inspiration for many of his poems. While Rilke is most known for his contributions to German literature, over 400 poems were originally written in French and dedicated to the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Among English-language readers, his best-known works include the poetry collections Duino Elegies (Duineser Elegien) and Sonnets to Orpheus (Die Sonette an Orpheus), the semi-autobiographical novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge), and a collection of ten letters that was published after his death under the title Letters to a Young Poet (Briefe an einen jungen Dichter). In the later 20th century, his work found new audiences through use by New Age theologians and self-help authors and frequent quotations by television programs, books and motion pictures. In the United States, Rilke remains among the more popular, best-selling poets.

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Hugo Wolf
Mein Liebster singt am Haus im Mondenscheine
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Mein Liebster singt am Haus im Mondenscheine

Mein Liebster singt am Haus im Mondenscheine

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Benjamin Mead
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Franziska Heinzen
Alma Mahler
Bei dir ist es traut
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Bei dir ist es traut

Bei dir ist es traut

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Benjamin Mead
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Franziska Heinzen
Aribert Reimann
Cinq Fragments français (2014)
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Cinq Fragments français (2014)

Cinq Fragments français (2014)

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Benjamin Mead
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Franziska Heinzen
Paul Hindemith
Four Songs
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Four Songs

Four Songs

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Benjamin Mead
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Franziska Heinzen
Alban Berg
Traumgekrönt
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Traumgekrönt

Traumgekrönt

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Benjamin Mead
Singer
Franziska Heinzen
Dora Pejačević
Mädchengestalten, op. 42
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Mädchengestalten, op. 42

Mädchengestalten, op. 42

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Benjamin Mead
Singer
Franziska Heinzen
Inger Wikström
Songs op 12
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Songs op 12

Songs op 12

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Benjamin Mead
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Franziska Heinzen
Leonard Bernstein
Two Love Songs
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Two Love Songs

Two Love Songs

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Benjamin Mead
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Franziska Heinzen
Per Nørgård
Wie ein Kind: "Wiegen Lied"; "Fruhlings-Lied"; "Trauermarsch"
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Wie ein Kind: "Wiegen Lied"; "Fruhlings-Lied"; "Trauermarsch"
Einojuhani Rautavaara
Die erste Elegie
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Die erste Elegie

Die erste Elegie

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Jennie Eriksson Nordin
Mia Edvardsson
Tove Nilsson
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Rainer Maria Rilke
Herbsttag
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Herbsttag

Herbsttag

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Oskar Werner (reader)
Rainer Maria Rilke
Liebes Lied
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Liebes Lied
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