The Panther (PREMIERE)

The Panther [8′]
violin and bassoon (for William Overcash and Benjamin Roidl-Ward)      Score

Program Note:
The Panther
was composed during the Summer and Fall of 2016 for my good friends William Overcash and Benjamin Roidl-Ward.

The Panther
Rainer Maria Rilke (trans. Diana Toman)

His gaze, from pacing back and forth
Behind the bars, has grown so tired
That it contains nothing anymore.
He feels as if there were a thousand bars
And behind the thousand bars, no world.

The soft treat of supply powerful steps,
Which goes around with the very smallest circle,
Is like a dance of force around a center
In which stands numbed a potent will.

Only sometimes, the eye’s lid
Soundlessly opens – Then an image enters,
Moves through the limbs’ taut silence –
And in the heart, it ceases to be.


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