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:
    soprano
    alto
    tenor
    baritone
    bass
  • 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
    contrabassoon
    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
    celesta
    piano
    harmonium
    organ
    mandolin
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
    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 | UE34318

"Symphony of a Thousand"

  • Edition type: study score
  • Series: Neue Studienpartituren-Reihe
  • Languages: German | Latin
  • Edition info: Based on the Critical Complete Edition, published by International Gustav Mahler Society, Vienna.
  • Format: 17.0 × 24.0 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-6796-8
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08147-7
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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'.

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Contents

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

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