Symphony No.4 in G Major – Introduction

Listening Guide


The Work

Date(s) of Composition: 1899-1900; published by Universal (1901, rev. 1903, 1910)
Place of Composition: Maiernigg and Vienna
Premiere: 25 November 1901, Munich

Orchestration: 4 flutes (3rd and 4th doubling with piccolo), 3 oboes, (3rd doubling with English Horn); 3 clarinets in Bb, A and C (2nd doubling with E-flat clarinet, 3rd with bass clarinet); 3 bassoons (3rd doubling with contrabassoon); 4 horns; 3 trumpets; percussion (timpani, bass drum, triangle, bells, glockenspiel, cymbals, tam-tam), harp, strings. Soprano soloist in finale

Text: Wir geniessen die himmlischen Freuden, from
Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

Emmy Loose, soprano
Philharmonia Orchestra
Paul Kletzki, conductor
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1. Bedächtig, nicht eilen (Moderately, not rushed)
2. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast (Leisurely moving, without haste)
3. Ruhevoll, poco adagio (Peacefully, somewhat slowly)
4. Sehr behaglich (Very comfortably)

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