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Das Klagende Lied is based on poems written by the composer and was completed in 1880. It originally consisted of three movements which bore the following titles: Waldmärchen (A Tale from the Woods), Der Spielmann (The Minstrel), and 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, while the second and third movements 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. For advanced players.