Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied (Song of Lamentation)

Gustav Mahler Das klagende Lied (Song of Lamentation)
Das klagende Lied (Song of Lamentation)

Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied (Song of Lamentation)

Year of composition:
original version 1880 in 3 movements
Scored for:
for soli, mixed choir and orchestra
Gustav Mahler
Reinhold Kubik (1997)
Text author:
Gustav Mahler
soprano; alto; tenor; baritone; boy soprano; boy contralto
3 3 3 3 - 4 4 3 2 - timp, perc(4), hp(6), str - off-stage ens: 3 0 4 3 - 0 0 0 0 - timp, perc, flhn(4), cornet(2)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+picc)
3rd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
2nd clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
bass clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
3rd bassoon
1st horn in F (+natural horn)
2nd horn in F (+natural horn)
3rd horn in F (+natural horn)
4th horn in F (+natural horn)
1st trumpet in F (+piston in F)
2nd trumpet in F (+piston in F)
3rd trumpet in F
4th trumpet in F
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
1st bass tuba
2nd bass tuba
percussion(4): triangle, cymbal, tam-tam, bass drum
1st harp
2nd harp
3th harp
4th harp
5th harp
6th harp
violin I
violin II
fernorchestra: piccolo
1st flute in Db (or in C)
2nd flute in Db (or in C)
1st clarinet in Eb
2nd clarinet in Eb
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
3rd bassoon
1st flugelhorn in Bb (+tpt(F))
2nd flugelhorn in Bb (+tpt(F))
3rd flugelhorn in Bb (+tpt(F))
4th flugelhorn in Bb
1st piston in Eb
2nd piston in Eb
percussion(2): triangle, cymbal
Table of contents:
Der Spielmann
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Das klagende Lied (Song of Lamentation)

Work introduction

The work is based on poems written by the composer and was completed in 1880. It consisted of three movements which bore the following titles:

Waldmärchen (A Tale from the Woods)

Der Spielmann (The Minstrel)

Hochzeitsstück (Wedding Piece)

The composer subjected the score to several revisions and eventually arrived at a version in which the first movement was omitted altogether and movements Nos 2 and 3 lost their titles and were thoroughly reworked. This new version was published in 1899 by Weinberger and premiered under Mahler’s baton in Vienna in 1901.

The work was taken over in 1906 by Universal Edition, together with other compositions by Mahler. Subsequently, he subjected the score to yet another revision, which was then published in a study score. It was this version that Rudolph Stephan included in volume 12 of his complete edition of Mahler’s works in 1978.

The manuscript of the original version was acquired by the Osborn Collection of the Music Library at Yale University. The first movement was published in 1969 by Belwin Mills in the United States in a provisional, not critical, edition. There followed performances and recordings of a three-movement „mongrel“ version, with the first movement representing the original version as published by Belwin Mills and movements 2 and 3 taken from the Weinberger/UE edition of the revised score.

The work as composed by Mahler in 1880 has first been performed in its entirety on 7th October 1997 in Manchester. It appeared in volume 3 of the supplement to the complete edition edited by Reinhold Kubik, who is also general editor of the complete edition.

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World première

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (GB)
Hallé Orchestra
Kent Nagano
Main soloists:
Marina Shaguch, Jadwiga Rappé, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Hakan Hagegard, 2 Knaben des Manchester Boy Chorus

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