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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8

  • "Symphony of a Thousand"
  • in 2 movements (1906)
  • in Eb major
  • for soli, boys' choir, 2 mixed choirs and orchestra
  • 6 5 6 5 - 8 4 4 1 - timp(2), perc(3), hp(4), cel, pno, harm, org, mand(2), str - fernorchester: tpt(4), tbn(3)
  • Duration: 90’
  • Soloists:
  • Instrumentation details:
    piccolo (1st picc also 5th flute)
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    3rd flute
    4th flute
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    3rd oboe
    4th oboe
    cor anglais
    clarinet in Eb
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    3rd clarinet in Bb
    bass clarinet in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    3rd bassoon
    4th bassoon
    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
    2nd trumpet
    3rd trumpet
    4th trumpet
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    4th trombone
    bass tuba
    timpani (2)
    percussion: (3): glockenspiel, triangle, cymbals, tam-tam, bells, bass drum
    2 harps
    violin I
    violin II
    fernorchestra: 1st trumpet in F
    2nd trumpet in F
    3rd trumpet in F
    4th trumpet in F
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
  • Choir: SATB (2x) Knabenchor (SA)
  • Roles: 1st soprano (Magna Peccatrix), 2nd soprano (Una poenitentium), soprano (Mater gloriosa), 1st alto (Mulier Samaritana), 2nd alto (Maria Aegyptiaca), tenor (Doctor Marianus), baritone (Pater ecstaticus), bass (Pater profundus)
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Piano reduction: Josef Venantius von Wöss
  • Thematic analysis: Richard Specht
  • Editor: Karl Heinz Füssl
  • Text author: Johann Wolfgang von GoetheMaurus Hrabanus
  • Table of contents:
    1. Teil - Hymnus: Veni, creator spiritus
    2. Teil - Schlussszene aus „Faust“
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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8 for soli, boys' choir, 2 mixed choirs (SATB) and orchestra | UE2660A

"Symphony of a Thousand"

  • Edition type: choral score
  • Languages: German | Latin
  • Edition info: Based on the Critical Edition of the Complete Works published by International Gustav Mahler Society, Vienna.
  • Format: 21.0 × 29.7 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-2664-4
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-05557-7
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One hundred years after its premiere in Munich, Gustav Mahler's 8th Symphony is as technically challenging now as it ever was. That original performance featured a chorus of 850 singers with an orchestra of 171 musicians, leading to the "Symphony of a Thousand" epitaph of which the composer apparently disapproved. While the expanded orchestra is required by the score, the choral component can be sung by eight principals and a much smaller chorus. The combined choirs that came together on Saturday night as the Adelaide Festival Chorus numbered less than 500. Mahler's 8th is a two-part symphony that marries the sacred and the secular into a personal declaration of love for his wife. The music resonates with artistic anguish and spiritual yearning and its power can be truly moving. (Diana Carroll, March 2010)

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  • 1. Teil - Hymnus: Veni, creator spiritus
  • 2. Teil - Schlussszene aus „Faust“

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