Mahler, Gustav. (1860–1911)
Gustav Mahler's VIII. Symphonie. Thematische Analyse mit einer Eintlung und dem Portrat Mahlers. - SPECIAL ISSUE FOR A 1913 PERFORMANCE BY FRITZ BUSCH
Leipzig-Wien: Universal Ed.. 1912.
Interesting volume concerning the 8th Symphony and including a halftone portrait of the composer, this copy specially printed for a Fritz Busch-led performance in Aachen in the Kurhaus Oct. 5, 1913 with a 2 pp. program bound in before the portrait. Universal - Edition No.. 3399k. 14 x 21 cm., 50 pp. Wrappers toned and stained, chip to lower right corner, else fine.
The Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major by Gustav Mahler is one of the largest-scale choral works in the classical concert repertoire. Because it requires huge instrumental and vocal forces it is frequently called the "Symphony of a Thousand", although the work is generally performed with fewer than a thousand, and Mahler himself did not sanction the name. The work was composed in a single inspired burst, at Maiernigg in southern Austria in the summer of 1906. The last of Mahler's works that was premiered in his lifetime, the symphony was a critical and popular success when he conducted its first performance in Munich on 12 September 1910.