Based on a French poem by Rainer Maria Rilke this piece replicates musically Rilke’s intimacy with the reader, his careful attentiveness and his magical poetic transformation of what is often seen as a common bird. A very gentle, evocative setting, Mésange requires subtle shading and tenderness of tone.

Ô toi, petit coeur, qui hivernes
avec nous au milieu des rigueurs,
tu te poses -, tendre lanterne
de vie -, sur les arbres en pleurs;

je contemple ce feu qui t’allume
à travers ton plumage dru,
et moi, plus caché à la brume
je ne crains de m’éteindre non plus.

A-t-elle peur de demain cette neige?
En effet, elle durcit en vain;
mais nous, qu’une flamme protège,
nous aurons la joie de demain.

by Rainer Maria Rilke

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