The Symphonies of Gustav Mahler are some of the greatest pinnacles in the symphonic literature. They are exquisitely orchestrated. Mahler was one of the first composers to include long, detailed notes about performance practices in his scores. As one of the preeminent conductors of his day, we know that he was intimately familiar with every aspect of the orchestra and its instruments.
For clarinetists, the symphonies of Mahler offer some of the biggest challenges in the entire literature. Continue reading “Mahler and the Bass Clarinet in A”