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The Royal Swedish Army Band – Mahler and Military Music

The Royal Swedish Army Band opens the door to the musical world of Mahler.

Military music has a tangible presence in the works of Gustav Mahler. Funeral marches, marches of triumph, trumpet calls, and drums are the ingredients that lend Mahler’s music its unquestionable colour. Even his songs have a military presence. Of his approximately 50 songs, the simple soldier is the protagonist of ten. This is especially evident in the Magic Horn songs, which depict the soldier as a lovesick pacifist, even as a deserter.

Mahler spent his childhood in the garrison town of Iglau, where thanks to concert performances of military music, he had the chance to hear a broad repertoire of contemporary classical and popular music. To offer a deeper perspective of Mahler’s own music and the music that influenced him, here the Royal Swedish Army Band will present a concert in two parts. The first is based on an authentic programme from a concert by the 49th infantry regiment army band in Iglau on 31 August 1875. This is music that fundamentally impacted 15-year-old Mahler.

The second part is six “soldier songs” from the Boy’s Magic Horn. The lyrics are often formulated as a dialogue between a man and a woman, presented here by a mezzo-soprano and a baritone.

The Royal Swedish Army Band opens the door to the musical world of Mahler.

Friday 8 November 2019 19.00

Ends approximately 21.00

Military music has a tangible presence in the works of Gustav Mahler. Funeral marches, marches of triumph, trumpet calls, and drums are the ingredients that lend Mahler’s music its unquestionable colour. Even his songs have a military presence. Of his approximately 50 songs, the simple soldier is the protagonist of ten. This is especially evident in the Magic Horn songs, which depict the soldier as a lovesick pacifist, even as a deserter.

Mahler spent his childhood in the garrison town of Iglau, where thanks to concert performances of military music, he had the chance to hear a broad repertoire of contemporary classical and popular music. To offer a deeper perspective of Mahler’s own music and the music that influenced him, here the Royal Swedish Army Band will present a concert in two parts. The first is based on an authentic programme from a concert by the 49th infantry regiment army band in Iglau on 31 August 1875. This is music that fundamentally impacted 15-year-old Mahler.

The second part is six “soldier songs” from the Boy’s Magic Horn. The lyrics are often formulated as a dialogue between a man and a woman, presented here by a mezzo-soprano and a baritone.

  • The music

    Approximate times
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Zapfenstreich No. 1 in F major "Yorck’scher Marsch" arr Johannes Schade
    3 min
  • Daniel-François-Esprit Auber Overture to La muette de Portici arr John Gready
    8 min
  • Franz Schubert Military March in E flat major op 51:3 arr William James Duthoit
    6 min
  • Johann Strauss Jr. G’schichten aus dem Wienerwald arr Aubrey Winter
    11 min
  • Philipp Fahrbach Jr. Im Kahlenbergerdörfel
    4 min
  • Richard Wagner Entry of the Guests from Act II "Freudig begrüssen" from Tannhäuser arr John Hartmann
    7 min
  • Intermission
    25 min
  • Gustav Mahler Revelge from Lieder arr Lars-Thomas Holm
    7 min
  • Gustav Mahler Trost im Unglück from Des Knaben Wunderhorn arr Lars-Thomas Holm
    3 min
  • Gustav Mahler Der Schildwache Nachtlied from Des Knaben Wunderhorn arr Lars-Thomas Holm
    6 min
  • Gustav Mahler Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen from Des Knaben Wunderhorn arr Lars-Thomas Holm
    7 min
  • Gustav Mahler Lied des Verfolgten im Turm from Des Knaben Wunderhorn arr Lars-Thomas Holm
    5 min
  • Gustav Mahler Der Tamboursg’sell from Lieder arr Lars-Thomas Holm
    5 min
  • Participants

  • The Royal Swedish Army Band
  • Andreas Hanson conductor
  • Ulrika Tenstam mezzo-soprano
  • Fredrik Zetterström baritone

Friday 8 November 2019 19.00

Ends approximately 21.00