Buddha In Der Glorie

by Elliott Goldkind

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Here's my setting of "Buddha in der Glorie," a poem by R.M. Rilke, scored for tenor voice and multiphonic flute. It is performed her by A.J. Teshin (tenor) and Rachel Mellis (flute).

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BUDDHA IN GLORY

Center of all centers, core of cores,
almond self-enclosed, and growing sweet–
all this universe, to the furthest stars
all beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit.

Now you feel how nothing clings to you;
your vast shell reaches into endless space,
and there the rich, thick fluids rise and flow.
Illuminated in your infinite peace,

a billion stars go spinning through the night,
blazing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that
will be, when all the stars are dead.

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Buddha in der Glorie

Mitte aller Mitten, Kern der Kerne,
Mandel, die sich einschließt und versüßt, –
dieses Alles bis an alle Sterne
ist dein Fruchtfleisch: Sei gegrüßt.

Sieh, du fühlst, wie nichts mehr an dir hängt;
im Unendlichen ist deine Schale,
und dort steht der starke Saft und drängt.
Und von außen hilft ihm ein Gestrahle,

denn ganz oben werden deine Sonnen
voll und glühend umgedreht.
Doch in dir ist schon begonnen,
was die Sonnen übersteht.

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released September 21, 2015
A.J. Teshin, tenor
Rachel Mellis, flute

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Elliott Goldkind Los Angeles, California

Elliott Goldkind composes music for concert stage, film and TV.

His classical music has been performed in the U.S. and Europe. His film work has led to collaborations with Jeff Buckley, David Mamet and many talented directors.

Elliott was a member of the NYC bands “Bones Jones and the Jones Tones,” “Hodgepodge Lodge,” and “Freak of Nature.” He is a native New Yorker living in Los Angeles.
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