Hölderlin’s Tower (La Tour de Hölderlin) for flute duo (Downloadable mp3)

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Instrumental Duo based on my setting of Marie Keyser’s Poem

“La Tour de Hölderlin”

Elle est près du fleuve dormeur debout

mais le saule incliné toucherait de sa cîme l’eau

L’église vieille dit les heures de l’île où la nuit descend

Je la vois encore son toit de gris dans le gris de l’eau.

pressens dans la tour de bois ma demeure la folie la folie le silence

clos clos vigilance

Oh Ne pas altérer ce qui reste qui reste, et le doit.

“Was bleibt aber stiften die Dichter.”

(It stands by the sleepy river

But the bending willow would touch the water with its very top

The church – an old church – tells the hours from the island where the night descends

I can still see it, its grey roof in the grey of the water

I have a presentiment in the tower of wood, of my dwelling place, of madness, of silence

Closed in, closed in but keeping watch

Oh never change what remains and should remain

Was bleibt aber stiften die Dichter…..)

[What remains, however, is the stuff of poetry]

The pdf contains score and parts

The Audio and Video here are performed by flautists Berta Bánki and Máté Bán commissioned by Budapest Scoring.


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