Conductor's Guide to Symphonies I, Ii, and III of Gustav Mahler

Author: Esselstrom, Michael
Year:1998
Pages:340
ISBN:0-7734-8400-0
978-0-7734-8400-9
Price:249.95
Text provides insights into the works and a basis for discussion about them. Brief historical context is provided, instrumentation list and phrasal analysis precede the discussion of each movement, conducting commentary explains musical and technical considerations.

Reviews

"Here is a piece of scholarship long needed, and useful especially today. This thorough, precise, careful book serves the Mahler conductor and student well. One hopes for later volumes which will examine the rest of this wonderful repertoire." - Robert W. Demaree, Jr.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Foreword, Preface
1. Symphony No. 1, D major
Historical Background and Programmatic Information
First Movement/Langsam; schleppend
Instrumentation, Form, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Original Second Movement/Blumine (Flowers)/Andante allegretto
Historical Background, Instrumentation, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Second Movement/Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
Historical Background, Instrumentation, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Third Movement/Feierlich und bemessen, ohne zu schleppen
Programmatic Information, Instrumentation, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Fourth Movement/ Stürmisch bewegt
Programmatic Information, Instrumentation, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Chapter 2. Symphony No. 2, C minor "Resurrection"
Historical Background
First Movement/Allegro maestoso
Instrumentation, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Second Movement/Andante moderato
Programmatic Information, Instrumentation, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Third Movement/In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
Anthony of Padua's Fish Sermon (song from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Programmatic Information, Instrumentation, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Fourth Movement/ "Urlicht"
Translation of the text, Instrumentation, Phrasal Anlysis, Conducting Commentary
Fifth Movement/Im Tempo des Scherzo: Wild herausfahrend -- Allergro energico -- Langsam misterioso
Instrumentation, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Chapter 3. Symphony No. 3, D minor
Historical Background and Programmatic Information
First Movement/Kräftig. Entschieden
Instrumentation, Form, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Second Movement/Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr mässig
Programmatic Information, Form, Instrumentation, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Third Movement/Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
Programmatic Information, Instrumentation, Form, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Fourth Movement/Sehr langsam. Misterioso
Programmatic Information, Instrumentation, Form, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Fifth Movement/Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
Programmatic Information, Instrumentation, Form, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Sixth Movement/Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden
Background Information, Form, Instrumentation, Phrasal Analysis, Conducting Commentary
Endnotes, Bibliography,