Recovery and Renewal- The Threads and Themes of MahlerFest XXXI

— By Kenneth woods Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde is a work that ends with the beginning of a journey. Across the first five movements, and through much of the sixth, the narrative voices we hear are passive ones.  In the third and fourth songs, the poetry of Li T’ai-po observes youth and beauty, but as if through a glass wall. In the…

Unfinished/Unheard- The ideas and themes behind the programming of MF XXX

Unfinished/Unheard — By Kenneth Wooods In the 100+ years since his death, Mahler’s 10th Symphony has become possibly the most famous, perhaps even infamous, unfinished work of art in Western civilisation. For over 50 years, it was a work shrouded in rumor and myth, as famous for Mahler’s various written outbursts in the manuscript as for its musical message. Music lovers everywhere owe a great…

Visiting Composer David Matthews on Mahler 10

2017 Visiting Composer David Matthews and his brother Colin played a key role in the preparation of the final versions of Deryck Cooke’s Performing Version of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony. Below is an essay from David Matthews about the Tenth with some insights about his own work on the piece. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 10 – a performing version of the draft, prepared by Deryck Cooke in…

Guest Blog: Colin Matthews “Tempo Relationships in the Adagio of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony”

Tempo Relationships in the Adagio of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony; and two wrong notes — Colin Matthews (Originally published in The Musical Times) There are many things that are misunderstood about Mahler’s Tenth Symphony, and most of them are understandable misunderstandings. However the one movement that is accepted by virtually everyone as complete, and – although still a draft – performable with minimal editorial intervention, is…

MahlerFest XXX post

Monday, May 15 – Sunday, May 21, 2017 Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 (Cooke III peforming version) and David Matthews’ Arrangement for Strings of Sir Edward Elgar’s String Quartet Op. 83 Please check back often to view the evolving plans for MahlerFest XXX May 15 – Monday 7:00pm – 10:00pm – Open Rehearsal – Macky Auditorium, CU Campus May 16 – Tuesday 7:00pm – 10:00pm – Open Rehearsal – Macky Auditorium,…

What is it about Mahler’s Seventh Symphony?

Mahler hiking in The Dolomite Mountains Mahler was a very busy conductor and composed only in the summers, in the mountains. He began to compose the two middle movements of his seventh, which he called Nachtmusiken (night musics), in summer of 1904. There are indications that he began to compose the first Nachtmusik while still completing his sixth symphony; that same summer. This was a…

MahlerFest III

1990’s MahlerFest III featured the Third Symphony, and there was now a definite plan to do one symphony a year, in order. Olson was now able to produce a handsome, fully formated program book, at the beginning of which was the MahlerFest motto: “Dedicated to the performance and study of the entire Mahler repertoire.” Two films were shown, Ken Russell’s Mahler and Visconti’s Death in…

MahlerFest 1

MahlerFest I

There were many reasons to not do a MahlerFest, versus the many “Mozart” or “Bach” festivals, that require a small number of orchestral players. But a Mahler Festival? If it were to survive into the second year, to perform the Resurrection Symphony, almost 300 performers would be needed! The concept began to crystallize; the orchestra would have to be volunteer, because it would be impossible…

Remembering Gilbert Kaplan

January 13, 2016 · by nadelr Gilbert Kaplan, who passed away this past New Year’s Day at the age of 74, was a successful business man with a passion, the music of Gustav Mahler. His success in business allowed him to immerse himself in Mahler’s music, specifically Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, for three decades. Kaplan founded the magazine Institutional Investor in 1967 when he was just 26…