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Online: English Symphony Orchestra Digital - Visions of Childhood

Monday October 19, 2020 at 19:30
Available online until
Monday October 19, 2020
Online: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Siegfried Idyll - Richard Wagner, arranged by Kenneth Woods
  2. Der kleine Sandmann, from Hansel and Gretel - Engelbert Humperdinck, arranged by Kenneth Woods
  3. Das irdische Leben - Gustav Mahler, arranged by Kenneth Woods
  4. Die Forelle - Franz Schubert, arranged by Kenneth Woods
  5. Der Tod und das Mädchen - Franz Schubert, arranged by Kenneth Woods
  6. Das himmlische Leben, form Symphony No 4 in G - Gustav Mahler, arranged by Erwin Stein

ESO Digital 'Visions of Childhood' - Following Mahler on the Path to Eternity

Performance will be released at 7.30pm BST on the ESO Website.

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In 1892, Gustav Mahler completed a song based on a poem from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn) called Das himmlische Leben (The Heavenly Life). It appears at first glance to be a modest work, mostly gentle, tender and playful in character, describing a child’s view of Heaven as a land of plenty, and place of serene happiness. It is a work that seems simple, but Mahler understood that The Heavenly Life was actually one of his most profound and multi-layered compositions, and he eventually decided that it should serve as the finale of his next symphony.

Between 1892 and 1896, Mahler worked on his Third Symphony, the work which still holds pride of place as the longest symphony ever written by a major composer. Throughout this work, he threaded dozens of references to The Heavenly Life, preparing the way for the song to appear at the end of this epic journey. But it was not to be – after composing the Third’s huge Adagio, Mahler realised that, at 100 minutes, the Third Symphony was complete, and The Heavenly Life was destined to find its home in the Fourth Symphony, which he could complete four years later. Thus, this modest song was to be the focal point of Mahler’s creative life for nearly nine years.

What are the many themes in the poem which so inspired Mahler? This moving programme takes the listener on a journey that is both musical and spiritual, exploring both the composers and the ideas that influenced Mahler.

What is ESO Digital? - By donating monthly to English Symphony Orchestra, you will get free access to ESO Digital which will include 24/7 access to previously ‘limited-time’ content, as well as archival material. Exclusive content for donors such as additional music, interviews, digital receptions, meet-and-greets and behind-the-scenes access will also be available. For more information see here

Online: Wyastone Concert Hall
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