- 1897 Berlin: Performance of movement 2, 3 and 6 conducted by Felix von Weingartner (1863-1942). Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO).
- 17-10-1903 Arnhem: First performance of a symphony composed by Gustav Mahler in the Netherlands. Conductor Jacob Martin Severint Heuckeroth (1853-1936).
Symphony No. 3 by Gustav Mahler was written between 1893 and 1896. It is his longest piece and is the longest symphony in the standard repertoire, with a typical performance lasting around ninety to one hundred minutes.
In its final form, the work has six movements, grouped into two Parts. The ...
"Pan Awakes, Summer Marches In"
Strong and decisive. D minor to F major.
The symphony, particularly due to the extensive number of movements and their marked differences in character and construction, is a unique work. The opening movement, colossal in its conception (much like the symphony itself), roughly takes the ...
"What the Animals in the Forest Tells Me"
Comfortably, like a scherzo. C minor to C major.
The third movement, a scherzo, with alternating sections in 2/4 and 6/8 metre, quotes extensively from Mahler's early song "Ablösung im Sommer" (Relief in Summer). In the trio section, a complete mood changes ...
"What Man Tells Me"
Very slowly, mysteriously. A minor. "Midnight song".
At this point, in the sparsely instrumentated fourth movement, we hear an alto solo singing a setting of Friedrich Nietzsche's "Midnight Song" from Also sprach Zarathustra "O Mensch! Gib acht!" ("O man! Take heed!"), with thematic material from the ...
"What the Angels Tell Me"
Cheerful in tempo and cheeky in expression. F major.
The cheerful fifth movement, "Es sungen drei Engel", is one of Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn songs, (whose text itself is loosely based on a 17th-century church hymn, which Paul Hindemithlater used in its original form in ...
"What Love Tells Me"
Slowly, tranquil, deeply felt. D major.
Of the great finale, Bruno Walter wrote, “In the last movement, words are stilled—for what language can utter heavenly love more powerfully and forcefully than music itself? The Adagio, with its broad, solemn melodic line, is, as a whole—and despite ...