- 1897 Berlin: Performance of movement 2, 3 and 6 conducted by Felix von Weingartner (1863-1942). Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO).
- 17-10-1903 Arnhem: First performance of a symphony composed by Gustav Mahler in the Netherlands. Conductor Jacob Martin Severint Heuckeroth (1853-1936).
Performances by Gustav Mahler
- 1897 Concert Budapest 31-03-1897 - Symphony No. 3 - movement 2.
- 1902 Concert Krefeld 09-06-1902 - Symphony No. 3 (Premiere). See post card from Gustav Mahler on page Emma Marie Eleanor Rose-Mahler (1875-1933).
- 1903 Concert Amsterdam 22-10-1903 - Symphony No. 3.
- 1903 Concert Amsterdam 23-10-1903 - Symphony No. 3.
- 1903 Concert Frankfurt am Main 02-12-1903 - Symphony No. 3.
- 1904 Concert Cologne 27-03-1904 - Symphony No. 3.
- 1904 Concert Heidelberg 01-02-1904 - Symphony No. 3.
- 1904 Concert Leipzig 28-11-1904 - Symphony No. 3.
- 1904 Concert Mannheim 02-02-1904 - Symphony No. 3.
- 1904 Concert Prague 25-02-1904 - Symphony No. 3.
- 1904 Concert Vienna 14-12-1904 - Symphony No. 3.
- 1904 Concert Vienna 22-12-1904 - Symphony No. 3.
- 1906 Concert Breslau 24-10-1906 - Symphony No. 3, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Ruckert-Lieder.
- 1906 Concert Graz 03-12-1906 - Symphony No. 3.
- 1906 Concert Graz 23-12-1906 - Symphony No. 3.
- 1907 Concert Berlin 14-01-1907 - Symphony No. 3.
- 00-00-1897 Berlin: Performance of second, third and sixth movements conducted by Felix von Weingartner (1863-1942). Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO).
- 06-08-1902 Krefeld: Premiere complete symphony. Conducted by Gustav Mahler. 1902 Concert Krefeld 09-06-1902 - Symphony No. 3 (Premiere). Tonkunstlerversammlung des ADM (1902).
- Arrangement for piano duet by Josef von Woss (1863-1943).
- Movement 1: Kraftig. Entschieden 35.00.
- Movement 2: Tempo di minuetto. Sehr massig 10.00.
- Movement 3: Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast 17.00.
- Movement 4: Lied 1: Sehr langsam! Misterioso: O Mensch! gib Acht! 10.00.
- Movement 5: Lied 2: Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck: Bimm bamm. Es sungen drei Engel einen Sussen Gesang 4.00.
- Movement 6: Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden 23.00.
- Total duration: 1.39.00.
- 1899 Vienna: Weinberger music publishers.
- 1906 Vienna: Universal Edition (UE) music publishers.
- 1974 Vienna: Universal Edition (UE) music publishers.
1906. Score by Universal Edition (UE) music publishers.
The piece is performed in concert less frequently than Mahler's other symphonies, due in part to its great length and the huge forces required. Despite this, it is a popular work and has been recorded by most major orchestras and conductors.
When it is performed, a short interval is sometimes taken between the first movement (which alone lasts around half an hour) and the rest of the piece. This is in agreement with the manuscript copy of the full score (held in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York), where the end of the first movement carries the inscription Folgt eine lange Pause! ("there follows a long pause").The inscription is not found in the score as published.
The final movement was used as background music in one episode of the 1984 television series Call to Glory and on an episode of the BBC's Coast programme, during a description of the history of HMS Temeraire. It also served as background music (in full length) during the "Allegory" segment of the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics opening ceremony cultural show.
A section from the Fourth Movement "Midnight Song" features in Luchino Visconti's 1971 film Death in Venice, where it is presented as the music that Gustav von Aschenbach composes before he dies.
The second movement was arranged by Benjamin Britten in 1941 for a smaller orchestra. This version was published by Boosey & Hawkes as What the Wild Flowers Tell Me in 1950.
The Adagio movement was arranged by Yoon Jae Lee in 2011 for a smaller orchestra. This version was premiered by Ensemble 212 with Lee as conductor in New York on the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Subsequently, Lee arranged the five remaining movements for smaller orchestra as part of his Mahler Chamber Project. The orchestral reduction of the entire symphony was premiered in October 2015 by Ensemble 212, mezzo-soprano Hyona Kim, and the Young New Yorkers' Chorus Women's Ensemble.
NYPO, Lipton, Choir of the Transfiguration, Leonard Bernstein, 06-1989: