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Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler (trans. Andrew J. Putnam)

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General Info

Year: 1901 / 1910 /
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Voice and orchestra or piano
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Rückert-Lieder (Songs after Rückert) is a collection of five Lieder for voice and orchestra or piano by Gustav Mahler, based on poems written by Friedrich Rückert. The songs were first published in Sieben Lieder aus letzter Zeit (Seven Songs of Latter Days). The songs are:

1. Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder! (Look not, love, on my work unended!) – 14 June 1901
2. Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft (I breathed the breath of blossoms red) – July 1901
3. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (O garish world, long since thou hast lost me) – 16 August 1901
4. Um Mitternacht (At midnight hour) – Summer 1901

5. Liebst du um Schönheit (Lov'st thou but beauty) – August 1902

The first four songs were premiered on 29 January 1905 in Vienna, Mahler himself conducting, together with his Kindertotenlieder (also on poems by Rückert). The last song, Liebst du um Schönheit, was not orchestrated by Mahler himself but by Max Puttmann, an employee of the first publisher, after Mahler's death.

The set of songs was not intended as a cycle: the Lieder were originally published independently from each other, connected only by the poetry and common themes. However, they were later published together and most often have been performed together and come to be known as the Rückert-Lieder, although Mahler did set more texts of Rückert. Artists such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Kathleen Ferrier have chosen their own order of the Lieder.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

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