As one of the great and visionary composers, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) stands at the transition from Late Romanticism to Modernism, parallel to the epoch of Jugendstil.
With each of his symphonies he wanted to “build a world”. Most of his contemporaries did not understand this; his works were considered too long, overloaded and confused. But Mahler placed great trust in his compositions: “My time will come.”
And indeed, his nine symphonies, the Song of the Earth and his songs are today part of the standard repertoire of orchestras, conductors and singers worldwide. The unfinished 10th Symphony is played either as a fragment (only the first movement was completed) or in an arrangement based on Mahler’s sketches.
Like his antipode Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler is considered a master of orchestration. Mahler made his career above all as an opera conductor: as director of the Vienna Court Opera (today Vienna State Opera) he set standards that are still exemplary today.
Kritische Gesamtausgabe Band XIII, Teilband 1 herausgegeben von der Internationalen Gustav-Mahler-gesellschaft, Wien (Gesamtausgabe, kritischer Bericht) (Complete edition, Critical Report)
for: Voice (medium), piano
New revised edtion based on the Critical Edition of 2010. A separate textbook with historical essays and a critical report in German and English is enclosed
for: 2 soloists (SA), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra
for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra