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Composed

Performances by Gustav Mahler

Versions

  • 1880 Gustav Mahlers first major finished work is written in 1880. It was in a two-part version that the work was published and entered the repertoire.
  • 1881 Submitted his cantata for the Beethoven prize (but was rejected).
  • 1893 The first revision of the work took place in the second half of 1893. This featured a significant reduction and re-arrangement of the orchestral and vocal forces, with the number of harps in the first part being reduced from six to two, and the vocal soloists from eleven to four. The boys’ voices were also removed. The off-stage orchestra, which had played an important role in the original score, was also completely removed from the second and third parts. In spite of having lavished such detailed effort on revising the work's first part, Mahler then decided (Autumn 1893) to omit it completely.
  • 1898 Further revisions to what was now a work in two parts (after the omission of the original first part) were made between September and December. At this point, Mahler’s previous decision to remove the off-stage brass was reversed.
  • 1899 The 1898 revisions were in fact so extensive that Mahler had to write out an entirely new manuscript score.
  • 1969 Once the manuscript of the original three-part version came to light in 1969, the earlier score came to be regularly performed and recorded as well.
  • Duration:
  • Lied 1: Waldmarchen (Forest Legend) 28.08
  • Lied 2: Der Spielmann (The Minstrel) 17.38
  • Lied 3: Hochzeitsstuck (Wedding Piece) 1832

Publications

Das Klagende Lied. Publication by Weinberger music publishers.

  • 1997 The score of the three-part version was published as part of the Gustav Mahler Edition in 1997.

Orchestration

Vocals

  • Baritone
  • Boy alto
  • Boy soprano
  • Choir (mixed)
  • Mezzo-soprano
  • Soprano
  • Tenor

Woodwinds

  • Bass clarinet in B flat (doubling as 3rd clarinet in B or C)
  • Bassoon (3rd doubling on double bassoon) (3)
  • Clarinet in B flat (both also in A) (2)
  • English horn
  • Flute (2nd and 3rd doubling piccolo) (3)
  • Oboe (2)

Brass

  • Horns (all 4 doubling on natural horns (Waldhorn)) (4)
  • Trombones (3)
  • Trumpets in F (1st and 2nd doubling on cornet in F) (4)

Percussion (for 4 percussionists)

  • Bass drum
  • Cymbals
  • Tamtam
  • Timpani
  • Triangle

Other

  • Harp (2)
  • Strings

Fernorchester

  • Bassoon (3)
  • Clarinets in B flat (2)
  • Clarinets in E flat (2)
  • Cornet in E flat (2)
  • Cymbals
  • Piccolo (small flute)
  • Flugelhorns in B flat (4) (3 doubling on trumpets in F)
  • Flute in D flat (or in C) (2)
  • Timpani
  • Triangle

Recordings

 

1967. Album by Anna Reynolds, Andor Kaposy, Teresa Zylis-Gara, The Ambrosian Singers and The  New Philharmonia Orchestra, Conductor Wyn Morris .