Dating from the composer's prolific period of 1903–04 and following Mahler's marriage to Alma Schindler by just a year, the draft of this remarkable work — subtitled "Tragic" — is represented by numerous recordings. The symphony incorporates "portraits" of Alma in the first movement and of children playing in a diabolical scherzo — some say, a musical prediction of the tragedy that was to strike the Mahler family within three years.
Mahler's Symphony No. 6 is presented here in full score, with bar-numbered movements and ample margins at the bottom of each score page for notes and analysis. Ideal for study in the classroom, at home, or in the concert hall, this affordable, high-quality, conveniently sized volume will be the edition of choice for music students and music lovers alike.
About the Author
Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) wrote chiefly symphonies and Lieder. Late Romantic in style, his tempestuous works reflect the anxious mood of Europe at the turn of the 20th century. Because of his Jewish roots, the composer's music was suppressed by the Nazis but has enjoyed a steady revival over the past five decades.