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Mahler Symphony No. 7 – Violin I Part

Edited by Ilya Kaler

Title: Symphony No. 7
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Instrument: Violin
Edited By: Ilya Kaler
Instrumentation: Orchestral
Pages: 43

The first violin part for Mahler's Symphony No. 7 in E minor has been edited by Ilya Kaler, who has appeared as guest concertmaster with the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony. Kaler's bowings, fingerings and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score.

By the time the score to Symphony No. 7 was completed in 1905, Gustav Mahler had just begun enjoying international success as a composer. However, as Mahler would put this work to the side in order to make some changes to his Sixth Symphony, the finished orchestration of the Seventh would not premiere until 1908. The three years which elapsed between the completion of the score and the symphony's premiere witnessed dramatic changes in Mahler's life and career. Some musicologists believe that the initial optimism and cheerfulness of the symphony was tempered by revisions Mahler made during these years as a result of these changes. The finished work is in five movements: a sonata form opening, two Nachtmusik (second and fourth movements) framing a third movement Scherzo, and a finale in rondo form.

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