First three Mvts. from Symphony No. 2, arr. for one player alternating between SATB and Alto recorder in G
from: G. Mahler (1860-1911)
The first movement began as a tone poem entitled Todtenfeier (Funeral Rite). The third movement is based in great part on the song, “Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt,” (St. Anthony Preaches to the Fishes), from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn).
These arrangements of symphonies, of Mahler in particular, are especially for folks who know the movements from which they are taken, so that the context can come to mind while playing—but they will also be great at introducing people to these works. They keep very close to the original register, but may profitably be run through in at least three different ways: 1. using just one recorder, changing between F and C fingering, 2. going through with each required size, 1st playing all the soprano sections, then alto, etc., or 3. switching as indicated in the scores. Revised May 7, 2020.
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