Das Lied von der Erde – Introduction

Listening Guide


The Work

Dates of composition: 1907-1909; published posthumously by Universal Editions, Vienna in 1912
Place of composition: Toblach (in the Tyrolian Mountains, then part of Austria, now known as Dobbiaco)
Premiere: Munich, 20 November 1911, under the direction of Bruno Walter
Orchestration: piccolo, 3 flutes (third doubling with piccolo), 3 oboes (third doubling with English horn), 3 clarinets, clarinet in E-flat, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons (third doubling with contrabassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, bass tuba, 2 harps, timpani, celesta, mandolin, glockenspiel, triangle, cymbals, tam-tam, tambourine, bass drum and strings.
Voices: Tenor and Alto or Baritone
Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde (The Drinking Song of the Earth’s Sorrow) (Tenor)
Der Einsame im Herbst (Loneliness in Autumn) (Alto or Baritone)
Von der Jugend (Of Youth) (Tenor)
Von der Schönheit (Of Beauty) (Alto or Baritone)
Der Trunkene im Frühling (The Drunkard in Spring) (Tenor)
Der Abschied (The Farewell) (Alto or Baritone)

All excerpts are (1). Each movement has two music tracks–in each case (1) is on top and  (2) is on bottom.

(1) Mildred Miller, mezzo-soprano
Ernst Häfliger, tenor
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Bruno Walter, conductor
Sony MK 42034(2) James King, tenor
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(2) Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Decca 289 466 381-2
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