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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3

  • in 6 movements (1895-1896)
  • in D minor
  • for alto, boys' choir, female choir and orchestra
  • 4 4 5 4 - 8 4 4 1 - timp(2), perc(8), hp(2), post hn, str
  • Duration: 90’
  • Soloists:
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute (+picc)
    2nd flute (+picc)
    3rd flute (+picc)
    4th flute (+picc)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    3rd oboe
    4th oboe (+c.a)
    1st clarinet in Eb
    2nd clarinet in Eb (+cl(Bb))
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    3rd clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    3rd bassoon
    4th bassoon (+cbsn)
    tbnt horn in Bb
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    5th horn in F
    6th horn in F
    7th horn in F
    8th horn in F
    1st trumpet in F (+tpt(Bb))
    2nd trumpet in F (+tpt(Bb))
    3rd trumpet in F (+tpt(Bb))
    4th trumpet in F (+tpt(Bb))
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    4th trombone
    contrabass tuba
    percussion(8): 1st glockenspiel, 2nd glockenspiel, 6 tuned bells, triangle, cymbal, tam-tam, rod, tambourine, a couple of snare drums, snare drum, bass drum
    1st harp
    2nd harp
    violin I
    violin II
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Piano reduction: Josef Venantius von Wöss
  • Thematic analysis: Richard Specht
  • Editor: Erwin RatzKarl Heinz Füssl
  • Table of contents:
    Symphonie Nr. 3
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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3 for alto solo, female choir, childrens choir and piano | UE2942

5th movement - Es sungen drei Engel einen süßen Gesang

  • Edition type: choral score
  • Languages: German | English
  • Edition info: Words from "Das Knaben Wunderhorn" - Orchestra material on hire
  • Format: 21.0 × 29.7 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1824-3
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-02861-8
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'Everyone knows by now that some triviality always has to occur in my work, but this time it goes beyond all bounds.' Thus wrote Gustav Mahler, in the summer of 1896, gleefully looking forward to the consternation that his new Third Symphony was going to cause the critics. […] Mahler had created a successor to the Second that was even Ionger and more bizarrely structured. This time there were six movements, one (the first) almost as long as the other five put together, mixing elements of symphony, tone-poem, Lieder, oratorio, folk rnusic and, most bewilderingly, juxtaposing the sublime and the deliberately 'trivial'- the sweetly naïve posthorn tune in the third movement the children's playground songs of the fifth. Despite his heroic cheerfulness, internally Mahler must have braced himself for another massed rejection. lf so, he was in for a surprise. The world premiere of the Third Symphony - in the small German town of Krefeld, in 1902 - was a huge success. […] The symphony's 1904 Viennese premiere incensed the critics. […] And yet amid the scandalized outraged comments one can find equally impassioned praise. After hearing that same 1904 Viennese performance, the young Arnold Schoenberg (originally hostile to Mahler) told Mahler ecstatically that the symphony had revealed to him 'a human being, a drama, truth, the most ruthless truth!' (Stephen Johnson, taken from the program note of a concert by the BBC Philharmonic on February, 13th 2010, in Manchester)

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