Faust

Goethe's_Faust

Mahler’s Eighth Symphony doesn’t conform to the traditional four movement  symphonic layout. It’s in two parts, the first of which is a version, for orchestra, soloists and full chorus, of the 9th century Latin hymn Veni Creator Spiritus (Come, Creative Spirit); while the second uses the same forces to set the final part of Goethe’s Faust.

The work, as befits its cosmic subject matter, is scored for massive forces…

Woodwind:
2 piccolos; 4 flutes
4 oboes; cor anglais
2 E-flat clarinets; 3 clarinets; bass clarinet
4 bassoons; double bassoon

Brass:
8 horns
4 trumpets
4 trombones & tuba
plus an extra group of  4 trumpets and 3 trombones

Percussion:
Timpani
cymbals, bass drum, tam-tam, triangle, low-pitched bells, glockenspiel

Keyboards:
Harmonium;
Piano;
Celeste;
Organ

2 harps (at least)
mandolin(s)

Voices:
8 soloists
2 choirs
Children’s choir

Strings

… hence its title (not, however, given to it by the composer): Symphony of a Thousand

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Course materials:

List of works

Below (still battling on!) is some general stuff – useful for intervals, key signatures, etc.

Keyboard

Cycle of 5ths

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