Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

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Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler (arr. Howard Bowlin)

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The title of this work translates from the German as "Songs of a Wayfarer."

General Info

Year: 1884 / 1892/ 1896 /
Duration: c. 16:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Voice and orchestra
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht ("When My Sweetheart is Married")
2. Ging heut' Morgen über's Feld ("I Went This Morning over the Field")
3. Ich hab' ein glühend Messer ("I Have a Gleaming Knife")
4. Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz ("The Two Blue Eyes of my Beloved")

N.B. It is not known whether this Bowlin arrangement contains all four movements.


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Program Notes

In 1883, a singer named Johanna Richter made a guest appearance in the court theater at Cassel, Germany, where Gustav Mahler was the conductor. As a result of this engagement she entered into a regular contract at the theater, and Mahler soon fell deeply in love with her. The affair was not successful, though, and by the end of the year it was all over. The young musician eased his disappointment by composing a cycle of four songs on unrequited love. The songs are uniformly dark in tone, reflecting Mahler's own rejected and depressed mood. Only the second song has a slightly positive tone. The voice-part in this song cycle can be sung by a mezzo-soprano or by a baritone.

- Program Note from publisher

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) is a song cycle by Gustav Mahler on his own texts. The cycle of four lieder for medium voice (often performed by women as well as men) was written around 1884–85 in the wake of Mahler's unhappy love for soprano Johanna Richter, whom he met while conductor of the opera house in Kassel, Germany, and orchestrated and revised in the 1890s.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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