Das klagende Lied

Introduction Das klagende Lied

Das klagende Lied is a work in which Mahler comes closest to the opera. This is because the composition is pervaded by drama and its elaboration in a text that regularly gets the character of a theatrically very effective dialogue.

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was fourteen years old ...

Lied 1: Waldmarchen (Forest Legend)

A beautiful, but proud queen would like to get married but do not know who. She conceives of a competition: the man who first brings her the very special flower that grows in the forest may marry her.

Many men from the kingdom accept the challenge, including two brothers. The ...

Lied 2: Der Spielmann (The Minstrel)

A minstrel that runs through the forest finds a bone under a tree, and cuts a flute. When he plays the flute, the voice of the murdered youngest brother, who tells the story of his unfortunate death, sounds. The minstrel feels that he can not leave this story untold and ...

Lied 3: Hochzeitsstuck (Wedding Piece)

On the day that the minstrel arrives at the castle there is just a party going on for the occasion of the upcoming wedding of the queen and the eldest brother. The murderer is pale and feels guilty about the way he earned his royal engagement.

The minstrel plays the ...

Orchestration Das klagende Lied


  • 1 Bass clarinet B.
  • 3 Bassoon.
  • 2 Clarinet A. 
  • 2 Clarinet B. 
  • 1 Contra bassoon.
  • 1 Cor Anglais (English horn).  
  • 3 Flute.
  • 2 Oboe. 
  • 2 Piccolo.


  • 2 Bass tuba.
  • 2 Cornet F (Piston).
  • 4 Horn F (French horn).
  • 4 Natural horn (Wald horn).
  • 3 Trombone.
  • 4 ...