The Mahler Project

Mahler VII - The Journey from Dusk until Dawn

56" x 53.5"
oil on Canvas
Private Collection
“As for the opening movement, Mengelberg claims to have heard Mahler expounding on the subject at the time of the rehearsals in Amsterdam: it expressed 'violent, self-opinionated, brutal and tyrannical force', 'a tragic night without stars or moonlight' and ruled by ‘the power of darkness'."

~ Henry-Louis de La Grange

According to Mengelberg, the tenor horn in the introduction proclaims: 'I'm master here! I'll impose my will!'

World première: September 19, 1908, Prague. Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer.

American première: April 15, 1921, Chicago, conducted by Frederick Stock.
The Rite of Spring  by  Stravinsky
With Permission:  2013 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Recorded live in Roy Thompson Hall, December 4 & 6, 2008
Listen to the TSO's full 2013 performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring: