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Gypsy's salute to Gustav Mahler's birthday

Gustav Mahler would have turned 150 last Wednesday if it weren't for a number of maladies and mortality in general. I think it's always good to keep the celebration going (plus internet seems good at the moment), so we can keep celebrating till this Wednesday - or until some other fine composer's birthday. The wood patterns on my ceiling at camp in the hinterlands reveal many pictures in the knots and spots. There's a clown figure, and to the right a bit is a Mahler having a wind blown hair day. I'd like to help Gustav celebrate with music that is more upbeat than say, Kindertotenlieder (songs on the deaths of children), and camp is saying going with the kids, thus:

Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The child's/youth's magic horn) - a cornucopia of songs based on poems collected by Achim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano. This is a gift that can keep on giving, as Mahler incorporated some of his settings into his orchestral works - especially the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th symphonies. Indeed, these poems are set for voice with orchestra - not piano like the standard German art songs. There is quite a collection, and other composers have set poetry from the collection. Mahler's chosen settings are listed below:

Der Schwildwacher Nachtlied (The Sentinel's Nightsong) Verlor'ne Müh (Labour Lost) Trost im Unglück (Solace in Misfortune) Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht? (Who Thought up this Song?) Das irdische Leben (The Earthly Life) Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt (St. Anthony of Padua's Sermon to the Fish) Rheinlegendchen (Little Rhine Legend) Lied des Verfolgten im Turm (Song of the Persecuted in the Tower) Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Where the Fair Trumpets Sound) Lob des hohen Verstandes (Praise of Lofty Intellect) Urlicht (Primeval Light) Es sungen drei Engel (Three Angels sang a sweet air)

Mahler replaced the last 2 with

Revelge (Reveille) Der Tamboursg'sell (The Drummer Boy)

These ain't kiddie songs, but given the fascination with vampires, grand theft auto, and so on, I can see teenagers getting into the poetry given the right environment.

Lucia Popp does a nice turn with "Who thought up this Song?" and "Where the Fair Trumpets Sound" with Leonard Bernstein conducting.

You can follow the entire cycle with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Brigitte Fassbaender going through this link to Fischer-Dieskau singing "Reveille" and "The Drummer Boy."

(tip to BrianDonohue)

P.S. I thought this had posted Sunday morning, and internet was getting finicky so I logged off. Enjoy through the week.

Gypsy's picks for 6 more weeks!

Surprise surprise; Punxastuwney Phil saw his shadow, and we're in for a long winter. My friends back on the east coast were sooo caught off guard. Thus this week's list:

Antonio Vivaldi: Winter from The Four Seasons Here's an interesting interpretation with Gidon Kremer and the Baltic Camerata and views from Scotland accompanying a slightly more traditional interpretation. I found it interesting how both of these tend to speed up the middle movement more than the traditional 20th century interpretations.

Aulis Sallinen, arranged by the Kronos Quartet: Winter Was Hard recording from lala; complete CD here

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G Major - not written for winter, per se, but the sleigh beels have always conjured up images of winter for me. The last movement was the genesis for this composition, centering itself around the song Das himmlische Leben from The Child's Magic Horn. There's a nice CD collection with Klaus Tennstedt conducting the London Philharmonic, and Lucia Popp (soprano). I have Kathleen Battle with Maazel conducting Vienna, which I can't track down on Amazon; I also own Yoel Levi conducting Atlanta with Frederica von Stade.

If you can find your way through youtube, there's Bernard Haitink conducting the Concertgebouw with Christine Schäfer. This a shorter Mahler work, but everything - every movement is divided up. Starting with I. Bedächtig, nicht eilen, II. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast, III. Ruhevoll, poco adagio - this is Bernstein with Vienna because there's no video of Haitink and the Concertgebouw on youtube, and finishing with IV. Sehr behaglich. Again, you'll need to search out the other portions of the movements.

Snowbound this weekend? Yeah, you got time.

Gypsy's music in honor of Chanukah

Some Jewish composers have already appeared in these posts, but here are 3 more you might not think about. jb, if you don't know these pieces, it's your duty to buy the recordings! (sorry again about the amazon link in Israel.)

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1 "The Titan" in D Major. Mahler was born and raised a Jew, but he converted to Catholicism when he took a post conducting opera in Vienna, where it was against the law for Jews to hold such posts (hmmm, NC anyone?) Anyhoo, the 3rd movement has Bruder Martin (minor key version of Frère Jaques) and the last movement of this symphony features the Jewish tune Mordechai or something like that. Yes, jonathan, I'm counting on you to chime in.

Ernest Bloch Schelomo for cello and orchestra. Great stuff.

Kurt Weill Threepenny Opera. This is actually a musical, with the libretto done by Bertold Brecht (apologies to an old prof for not suggesting Mahagonny; some other theme). This is definitely a universal stage work, suitable for today's news. It's based on John Gay's Beggar's Opera, developed from suggestions by Jonathan Swift. I also dig the recording that was put out in the 1980s by commercial artists such as Sting. No I cannot find a link. I must confess someone burned a copy and gave it to me as a gift (not solicited).

Gotta go; been grading and such. yippee skippy