composer: Gustav Mahler
orchestrator: Serge Ollive
Mezzo soprano solo, Flute/Alto flute, oboe/English horn, A clarinet/B flat cl., bassoon/contrabassoon, C trumpet, 2 F horns, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass
This orchestrated song cycle composed by Gustav Mahler consists of five settings of texts by the German poet Friedrich Rückert, and is recognized as a masterpiece. Serge Ollive has reorchestrated this work to make it more accessible to chamber orchestras. While orchestrated for a smaller number of performers, this setting keeps the power and beauty of Mahler's original work.