Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8
Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 8
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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8 for soli, boys' choir, 2 mixed choirs (SATB) and orchestra - Eb major

"Symphony of a Thousand"
  • Composer: Mahler Gustav
  • Languages: German; Latin
  • for soli, boys' choir, 2 mixed choirs (SATB) and orchestra
  • Edition type: study score
  • Edition Info: Based on the text of the Critical Edition.
  • Series: Neue Studienpartituren-Reihe
  • Key: Eb major
  • Medium: sheet music
  • UE34318
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-6796-8
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08147-7
  • 17 x 24 cm
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This study score edition comprises Mahler's "Symphony No.8", also known as "Symphony of a Thousand", composed in 1906.


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'All my earlier symphonies are mere preludes to this one. In the other works everything is subjective tragedy, - this one is a huge giver of joy.' (Gustav Mahler) Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 8" is a work of exceptions. Seen from the outside, this is true of the forces that are used: with its three choirs, eight soloists and an orchestra of far more than one hundred musicians, there are few similar works in the annals of music. This cast of performers determines the second exceptional element of the work, the mix of instrumental and vocal characteristics that makes it to the prototype of a 'vocal symphony', which - as Mahler put it - 'is sung from beginning to end'. In turn, the texts that are sung influence the structure of the whole, replacing, as it were, the usual four movements of a symphony with two strongly divergent 'parts'. And, finally, as if to emphasize this divergence, the texts used - the hymn "Veni creator spiritus" in the first part and the final scene of Goethe's Faust in the second - are not only written in two languages but also separated in their origins by more than one thousand years. Thus it is a work of extremes, and a work of contradiction. It seems, however, that it was exactly these distinctive features that lifted the symphony above the others and convinced Mahler that his "Symphony No. 8" was 'the greatest' work 'that I have composed'.

Contents - Symphony No. 8 for soli, boys' choir, 2 mixed choirs (SATB) and orchestra

  • 1. Teil - Hymnus: Veni, creator spiritus
  • 2. Teil - Schlussszene aus „Faust“
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  • 8. Symphonie, Es-Dur | für Soli, Knabenchor, 2 gemischte Chöre und Orches...
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