Des Knaben Wunderhorn – 9 Songs

Introduction Des Knaben Wunderhorn (piano), 9 songs

The settings of Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Gustav Mahler are orchestral songs and voice and piano settings of poems from Des Knaben Wunderhorn ('The Youth's Magic Horn') a collection of anonymous German folk poems assembled by Ludwig Achim von ...
Read More

Lied 1: Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen

This song is the first of the Wunderhorn Lieder for Voice and Piano. It is titled “Um sclimme Kinder artig zu machen” (To make bad children good) and is much longer than any from the previous collection. The quick and witty style will challenge the novice tubist with soft ...
Read More

Lied 2: Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grunen Wald

“Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grun," (I went joyfully through a green wood), is a beautiful slow melody challenging the tubist to keep a consistent color of sound in the low register of the bass tuba. The first note is the lowest in the entire collection, a low ...
Read More

Lied 3: Aus! Aus!

The majority of the songs in this collection begin with very soft dynamics. Eleven of the fourteen songs begin with the dynamic of piano, one song begins at pianissimo, and the remaining two songs (this song and the last song in the collection) begin at the dynamic of forte ...
Read More

Lied 4: Starke Einbildungskraft

One of the challenges with the ninth song in this collection, "Starke Einbildungskraft" (Strong imagination), concerns clarity of articulation. Sixteenth-note passages sound unclear with the piano part due to the imbalance of lower tones produced by both the piano and tuba. Changes have been notated in the tuba version ...
Read More

Lied 5: Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz

The tenth song in this collection, “Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz” (At Strasbourg on the battlement), starts with a very colorful piano entrance marked “as a folk tune” and “imitating the shawm.”

As Donald Mitchell points out, this is of a type very characteristic of Mahler ...
Read More

Lied 6: Ablosung im Sommer

Misprints are rare, but this song contains one incorrect note in the piano part. In measure 3 of the IMC edition, the first left hand note should be A instead of F. Few instances exist where Mahler uses a hemiola effect in the piano. Measures 10 and 11 are ...
Read More

Lied 7: Scheiden und Meiden

“Scheiden und Meiden” (Partings) explores the metric juxtaposition of two versus three used in “Ablösung im Sommer.” “Trumpetlike” is the first expression in the music as F major arpeggios rise from the tuba and piano. Despite the repeated ascending passages, the first dynamic is piano so the tubist should ...
Read More

Lied 8: Nicht wiedersehen!

Balancing the soft low texture with piano remains one of the main challenges for tubists in the penultimate song in this collection, “Nicht wiedersehen!” (Never to meet again). It is scored very low on the piano and would be easy to lose the melody inside of the harmony of ...
Read More

Lied 9: Selbstgefuhl!

The final song, “Selbstgefühl” (My mood), starts with a dynamic of forte. To maintain a high level of playfulness, the tubist must observe the strict dynamic indications. Mahler indicated that the octave in the left hand of the piano part can be omitted throughout the song if the additional ...
Read More

Orchestration Des Knaben Wunderhorn (piano), 9 songs


  • Piano. 

Vocals solo

  • Voice. 
Read More