Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mahler's "stolen" piece

One of the composers we admire the most as brass players is Gustav Mahler.  While his symphonic music is most popular and significant to the brass repertoire, players and arrangers have found great value in much of his other compositions, particularly his vocal music.  One of the most commonly arranged vocal songs is the "Urlicht"(Primordial Light) from collection of songs, Des Knaben WunderhonMahler also used this piece as part of his Symphony No. 2, sung by the alto with full orchestra accompaniment.  Below our two examples of arrangements of this piece, one by the Concentus Brass Ensemble, and the other by the Vienna Philharmonic Horns.

 Trumpets - Jason Lewis and Shane Brennan
Horn - Mark Bennett
Trombone - Rupert Whitehead
Tuba - Ray Hearne

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