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A page from Mahler's original score, used at the second performance of the First Symphony in Hamburg in 1893. Used with permission.


Movement Four
"The Battle of Fate"

Gustav Mahler originally titled his First Symphony “Titan,” because of the mighty struggle between his hero and fate, a monumental battle that reaches its climax in the fourth movement.

Guests include:
• Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony
• William Hudgins, Principal Clarinet, Boston Symphony Orchestra
• Jennifer Montone, Principal Horn, Philadelphia Orchestra
• Marilyn McCoy, Columbia University, New York
• Christine Lee Gengaro, Los Angeles City College

James Lurie is the voice of Mahler
Laura Gragtmans is the voice of Natalie Bauer-Lechner


Music used in Episode 4. All titles used with permission.

Symphony No. 1 in D Major: IV. Stürmisch Bewegt ("Stormy, fast")
By Gustav Mahler

Performed by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach
Capriccio (C5026)
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.

Symphony No. 1 in D Major: IV. Stürmisch Bewegt ("Stormy, fast")
By Gustav Mahler

Performed by the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra, conducted by Markus Stenz
Oehms Classics (OC646)
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.

Symphony No. 1 in D Major: IV. Stürmisch Bewegt ("Stormy, fast")
By Gustav Mahler

Performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Halasz
Naxos (8.550522)
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.

“Blumine” ("Flower Piece")
By Gustav Mahler

Performed by the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas
San Francisco Symphony (60)
Courtesy of the San Francisco Symphony

Das klagende Lied: Hochzeitsstück
(The Song of Lamentation: "Wedding Piece")
By Gustav Mahler

Performed by the Waynflete Singers, Bath Festival Chorus, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hickox
Chandos (CHAN 9247)
Courtesy of Chandos Records Ltd

Symphony No. 1 in D Major "Titan": III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen (Arr. U. Caine for Jazz Ensemble)
("Solemn and measured, without dragging")
By Gustav Mahler

Performed by the Uri Caine Ensemble
Winter & Winter GmbH (910 004-2)
Courtesy of Winter & Winter GmbH

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 “Choral”: II. Molto Vivace
By Ludwig van Beethoven

Performed by the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, conducted by Béla Drahos
Naxos (8.553478)
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.

Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro Con Brio
By Ludwig van Beethoven

Performed by the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, conducted by Béla Drahos
Naxos (8.554061)
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.