Sunday, February 24th – 2:30-4:00 pm
Walker Talks! on Rilke at Muzot

Escaping the chaos and emotional stagnation of the aftermath of the first world war, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke at last found the hermitage he sought in a small village in Switzerland. There, in February of 1922, he endured a visitation of such creative intensity it has become a legend unto itself. Not one but two masterworks arrived, seemingly out of nowhere, in a storm of poetic vision.

This afternoon, Walker Brents III will offer a glimpse into Rilke’s inner world, through a remembrance of this time and a consideration of two great poem-cycles: the Duino Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus, that were its fruits.

At Cháteau de Muzot.
Rilke with the young violin virtuoso, Alma Moodie
and the conductor Werner Reinhardt.

In a letter to Nanny Wunderly-Volkart, about Moodie, he writes:

“What a sound, what richness, what determination. That and the Sonnets to Orpheus,
those were two strings of the same voice. And she plays mostly Bach!
Muzot has received its musical christening….”