Give Now  »

wfiu logo
WFIU Public Radio

wtiu logo
WTIU Public Television

Choose which station to support!

Indiana Public Media | WFIU - NPR | WTIU - PBS

Noon Edition

Mahler: Symphony 1, Third Movement

Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 took a long time to write, and Mahler’s idea of its overall shape changed as he wrote it! Originally, he thought of it as a programmatic rendering of the novel “Titan,” by the French Romantic novelist Jean-Paul, and this nickname has stuck, even though Mahler eventually discarded it. Several themes over the course of the symphony also refer to Mahler’s early song cycle “Songs of a Wayfarer.” The inspiration for the movement we just heard may have been a familiar illustration used in many Austrian children’s books, depicting a procession of forest animals bearing the coffin of a hunter. Further deepening the grotesque irony of this movement is Mahler’s minor-key use of the folk song “Bruder Martin,” also known in translation both as “Frere Jacques” and “Brother John.”

Music Heard On This Episode

Loading...
Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Ether Game