This weekend wcfsymphony returns to Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony, a decade [to the weekend] after we last performed it. That occasion was my first performance of a full symphony by this composer, about whom I had already written extensively while in school. In the intervening 10 years I’ve continued to traverse Mahler’s music with wcfsymphony, documenting our experiences as we go.
In an earlier post I shared one of only three extant audio clips of Mahler performing, a set of Welte-Mignon piano rolls he recorded at Leipzig’s Welte & Sohne studios in 1905. Here is another recording of Mahler playing his own work – the second of his Songs of a Wayfarer – at that same session. [mp3] Fifteen years earlier the composer had drawn upon this very song for much of the musical material of the First Symphony’s opening movement.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Gustav Mahler's “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”.
Das Lied von der Erde: Der Abschied. “Clavierauszug” – Manuscript – Facsimile. [Willem Mengelberg Archive, Nederlands Muziek Institut, The Hague].
I don’t remember when I found this .gif, or who made it (if you know, tell me so I can credit them), but it’s just the best thing.
Mostly in how the horn player is not only bracing his ear from the sound, but how the shock of the hammer makes his music bounce.
Not quite ready for Mahler 6. Need to put on some mass.
A former professor of mine just posted this picture of himself on Facebook and it is clearly the greatest thing I have ever seen.
Gustav Mahler doing yardwork.
Claudio Abbado In Memoriam
Gustav Mahler - Symphony No.2 in C minor “Resurrection・Auferstehung”
I. Allegro maestoso
Claudio Abbado - conductor
Deutsche Grammophon / 1992
Portrait of Gustav Mahler
A page from Alma Mahler’s Tagebücher (diary) featuring the first subject of a sonata she has written:
“The first movement of my sonata is almost finished. The task gave me the greatest satisfaction, but was also hellishly difficult. There are three main subjects and two or three subsidiary ones. The first subject leads naturally to a countersubject, which usually opens in the dominant. It’s raining, raining, raining!”
27 June 1899
[Translation: Beaumont & Rode-Breymann, 1998]
Simon Rattle (Conductor), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Gustav Mahler 7. Symphonie, I. Satz /
Gustav Mahler, 1884, Kassel