March 25 2008
Mahler called the work the â€œTitan.â€ 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 â€œSongs of a Wayfarerâ€ (1884). The extremely unusual third movement, which he originally called â€œHuntsmanâ€™s Funeral,â€ begins with a minor-key version of the folk tune â€œFrÃ¨re Jaccquesâ€ 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.
Contact: William Davis, associate professor of music, (812) 237-2742 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or email@example.com
Gustav Mahlerâ€™s monumental â€œSymphony #1â€ 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.