composer: Gustav Mahler
orchestrator: Serge Ollive
Alto, chamber orchestra (flute, E. hn/oboe, Bb clar., Bb bass clar., bassoon, trumpet, 2 F hn., 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass)
Consisting of five settings of poems written by Friedrich Rückert, this orchestrated song cycle is considered to be one of Gustav Mahler's masterpieces. Written in his characteristic late-romantic musical language, Mahler explores feelings evoked by the loss of a child. This masterwork has been reorchestrated by French composer Serge Ollive to be accessible for chamber orchestras.