Robert Olson, Artistic Director
International Symposium: Gustav Mahler's Legacy
Summary of MahlerFest X
"I feel marvelous here! To be able to sit working by the open window, and breathing the air, the trees, and the flowers, all the time -- this is a delight I have never known until now. ... But a place like this I must have."Mahler did not realize this dream -- he was dead in two years, never having heard or conducted his greatest work for voice.
For reasons that are not supported by any known fact, Mahler decided not to number his Das Lied as Symphony No. 9.
Das Lied , scored for full orchestra, is actually mostly chamber-like in character. Only a dozen or so measures are scored for the full orchestra. While it deals with farewell to a departed friend, it also is optimistic. Mahler added this line to the original text:
The dear earth everywhere blossoms in spring and grows green again