When Gunnar Eriksson founded this ensemble in the spring of 1980, the objective was to perform Sven-Eric Johanson’s large-scale choral symphony Duinoelegi No. 7 composed in 1954. This project was, however, never realized. The symphony is a highly demanding piece and the composer had envisioned a choir of 800. In spite of all this, the ensemble decided to adopt the name of the poet behind the elegy, Rainer Maria Rilke.