Sunday, August 19, 2007
Clara Reads Rilke's "Das Karussell"
Found this fascinating audio file of Clara Westhoff-Rilke reading her late husband's poem "The Carrousel," which describes the colorful children's merry-go-round (still standing) in Luxembourg Gardens. Her reading beautifully captures the lyrical cadences of Rilke's German.
Listen for the rhythmic, recurring line:
"Und dann und wann ein Weißer Elefant." ("And here and there a white elephant")
The audio file can be found in situ at the Rilke-Worpswede website (click on the "audio" link at the upper right).
(The other link at the upper right, "Rilke und Worpswede Bilder," is a lovely musical slideshow of paintings by Worpswede artists who were Rilke's contemporaries: Otto Modersohn, Heinrich Vogeler, Fritz Mackensen.)
Posted by mcunningham at 10:37 AM