Extinguish Thou My Eyes

From Wind Repertory Project
David Biedenbender

David Biedenbender

General Info

Year: 2022 / 2023
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Choir
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


  • Full Score
  • Flute I-II
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone
  • Contra-Bass
  • Percussion, including:
*Xylophone (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Extinguish Thou My Eyes was originally a choral setting of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem Lösch mir die Augen aus, written for and premiered by Dale Voelker and the Washington Kantorei. This transcription for chamber winds was created by David Thornton and David Biedenbender.

Extinguish Thou My Eyes
by Rainer Maria Rilke

Extinguish Thou my eyes: I still can see Thee,
deprive my ears of sound: I still can hear Thee,
and without feet I still can come to Thee,
and without voice I still can call to Thee.

Sever my arms from me, I still will hold Thee
with all my heart as with a single hand,
arrest my heart, my brain will keep on beating,
and Should Thy fire at last my brain consume,
the flowing of my blood will carry Thee.

- Program Note from publisher

For the Michigan State University Symphony Band.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Andy Dubbert, conductor) – 7 November 2023
  • University of Colorado Boulder Chamber Winds (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) – 11 October 2023
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor ) – 25 April 2023 *Premiere Transcription Performance*

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