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Drama (1999)

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Ende der Handschrift, 11 späte Gedichte von Heiner Müller


Die Toten warten auf der Gegenschräge
Manchmal halten sie eine Hand ins Licht
Als lebten sie. Bis sie sich ganz zurückziehn
In ihr gewohntes Dunkel das uns blendet.


The dead wait on the opposite slope
Sometimes they hold one hand up to the light
As if alive. Till they retreat utterly
Into their customary darkness which blinds us.

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Wolfgang Rihm is a German composer. Rihm is musical director of the Institute of New Music and Media at the University of Music Karlsruhe and has been composer in residence at the Lucerne Festival and the Salzburg Festival.

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