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Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: an angelic choir

The idea of a symphonic movement based on his song “The Heavenly Life” stuck to Mahler like glue for nearly a decade. In 1892 Mahler had written his song “The Heavenly Life,” based on folk poetry from the collection “The Youth’s Magic Horn,” but the song was not published with the rest of his “Magic Horn” settings. At first, Mahler planned to use it as the finale to his third symphony. This idea was ultimately discarded, in favor of the now-familiar orchestral Adagio movement which ends the Third, but not before he had written musical and poetic connections into the fifth movement, “Three Angels Sang,” which we just heard. Another “Magic Horn” poem, This song shares musical material, and just as in “The Heavenly Life” presents a childlike, even naïvely simple vision of heaven. The older song finally got its due in 1901, however, as Mahler used it as the finale of his Symphony No. 4.

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Mark Charlap and Carolyn Leigh: Tender Shepherd; I've Gotta Crow
Ensemble; Cathy Rigby — Peter Pan (Jay Records, 2000)
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Mark Charlap and Carolyn Leigh: Tender Shepherd; I've Gotta Crow
Ensemble; Cathy Rigby — Peter Pan (Jay Records, 2000)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in B flat, K. 15
Itzhak Perlman, vln/Daniel Barenboim, p — The Violin Sonatas (Deutsche Grammophon, 2003)
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Gus Edwards and Will Cobb: School Days
Byron G. Harlan — 1907: "Dear Old Golden Rule Days" (Archeophone Records, 2003)
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Sergei Prokofiev: Selections
Patrick Stewart/Orch of Lyon Opera/Kent Nagano — Peter and the Wolf (Erato, 1994)
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David de Tredici: Acrostic Song
Chicago Symphony Orch/Georg Solti — Final Alice (Eloquence Australia, 2008)
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Engelbert Humperdinck: Dancing Lesson; Evening Prayer
Dresden State Orchestra/Colin Davis — Hansel Und Gretel (Decca Records, 2011)
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Bela Bartok: Selections from Books 1-3
Jenö Jando, piano — Mikrokosmos, Books 1-6 (Naxos, 2006)
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Robert Schumann: Dreaming; Knight of the Hobby Horse; The Poet Speaks
Martha Argerich — Kinderszenen (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)
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Modeste Mussorgsky: Act II, Scene I
Soloists/Vienna Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan — Boris Godunov (Decca, 2006)
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Leonard Bernstein: The Pirate Song; Flight Music; Plank Round
Amber Chamber Orch and Chorus/Alexander Frey — Peter Pan (Koch Int'L Classics, 2005)
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Gustav Mahler: Movement 5: Three Angels Sat
Philharmonia Orch/Benjamin Zander — Symphony No. 3 (Telarc, 2004)
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Friedrich Holländer: We all want to be children again
Ute Lemper/Robert Ziegler and Matrix Ensemble — Berlin Cabaret Songs (Decca, 1997)
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Johnny Richards and Carolyn Leigh: Young at Heart
Frank Sinatra — Classic Sinatra (Capitol, 2000)
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