Performances by Gustav Mahler



Year 1908. Letter by Gustav Mahler to Emil Gutmann (1877-1920), outlining plans for a concert in Munich: "Two circumstances are the main ones that make your proposition unacceptable. 1. The 5th of November does not suit me (because of my preparation for the trip to America - I have to embark on the 10th in Hamburg, and have important things to get before.) The 2nd of November would be the latest date for a concert to have in Munich would be - 2. I have left all my orchestral material in Hamburg and therefore I am not able to make a classical program, for which I absolutely need my retouchings with my changes. A symphony of mine with only 3 rehearsals is impossible." 1908 Concert Munich 27-10-1908 - Symphony No. 7.

Year 19081908 Concert Munich 27-10-1908 - Symphony No. 7.

03-11-1909 First performance in Vienna. Conductor Ferdinand Lowe (1863-1925).


Ernst Eulenburg (and G. Bote, Berlin), Leipzig and Vienna, score Symphony No. 7.

Ernst Eulenburg (and G. Bode, Berlin), Leipzig and Vienna, score Symphony No. 7.

Ed. Bote (Berlin), score Symphony No. 7.

1910. Alfred Roller (1864-1935), the celebrated stage designer and frequent collaborator with Mahler at the Vienna State Opera (Hofoper, Wiener Staatsoper), was responsible for the designing the cover of the published score. He also designed the title page. The illustration shows the title page as it appears in the edition for piano made by the Italian composer Alfredo Casella (1883-1947) and published in 1910. 



  • Horn in F (4)
  • Tenorhorn in B♭ (used only at movement 1)
  • Trombone (3)
  • Trumpet in B♭ and F (3)
  • Tuba


  • Bass Drum
  • Cowbells (used offstage in movement 2, & onstage in movements 2 and 5)
  • Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Rute (To be played on the shell of bass drum) (used only at movement 5)
  • Snare Drum (used only at movement 1)
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine (used only at movement 1)
  • Timpani
  • Triangle
  • Tubular bells (unpitched) (used only at movement 5)


  • Double Bass
  • Guitar (used only at movement 4)
  • Harp (2)
  • Mandolin (used only at movement 4)
  • Viola
  • Violin I
  • Violin II
  • Violoncello


  • Bass clarinet in A and B♭
  • Bassoon (3)
  • Clarinet in A and B♭ (3)
  • Clarinet in E-flat
  • Contrabassoon
  • English Horn
  • Flute (4th flute doubling on piccolo 2) (4)
  • Oboe (3)
  • Piccolo

Mahler's specification of a 'Tenorhorn' in the scoring of this work has often caused confusion. In Britain, the name 'tenor horn' is often given to the instrument that in the US is called the alto horn (in E♭ or F); in Germany this (a contralto saxhorn) is known as the Althorn in E♭ or F, and is not the instrument requested by Mahler. Nor does Mahler intend a euphonium, which in German is called either 'Euphonium' or 'Baryton'. The German Tenorhorn is actually a B♭ instrument similar to the instrument known in Britain and the USA as the baritone horn.


  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, 03-1985.


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