Three Angels Were Singing a Sweet Song

From Wind Repertory Project
Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler (trans. Joshua Roach)

Subtitle: from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

General Info

Year: 1896 / 2008
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV (I doubles Piccolo Trumpet)
Flugelhorn (optional)
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion (optional), including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone

Voice (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gustav Mahler cast his setting of Es Sungen drei Engel einen süßen Gesang as the fifth movement of his Third Symphony during his summer retreats at his “Häuschen” in Steinbach am Attersee in 1895 and 1896. I have always loved this symphony, and this movement in particular because of its use of two choirs and the colors that the composer creates with them and the orchestra.

In this setting for brass, I have tried to capture the changes in character and timbre.

The text of this lied comes from the third volume of Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim’s famous collection of folksongs entitled Des Knaben Wunderhorn (1805–8).

- Program Note by transcriber


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble (Timothy A. Paul, conductor) - 14 November 2020

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