Symphony Orchestra to perform Mahler’s “Symphony #1”

March 25 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Gustav Mahler’s monumental “Symphony #1” will be performed for the first time by the Indiana State University Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Tilson Auditorium.

Mahler called the work the “Titan.” It had five movements originally, but he eventually removed one of the slow movements. Mahler uses several melodies from his orchestral songs in the work, in this case his “Songs of a Wayfarer” (1884). The extremely unusual third movement, which he originally called “Huntsman’s Funeral,” begins with a minor-key version of the folk tune “Frère Jaccques” played by a solo double bass. The massive last movement contains material from all previous movements.

The orchestra, under the direction of William Davis, will be the largest ISU has ever put on stage, with four each of flutes, oboes, clarinets and trumpets, three bassoons, seven horns, three trombones, tuba, harp, percussion, and two timpanists.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 812-237-2772.

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Contact: William Davis, associate professor of music, (812) 237-2742 or williamdavis@indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Gustav Mahler’s monumental “Symphony #1” will be performed for the first time by the Indiana State University Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Tilson Auditorium.

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