This video is part of and made during a collaboration between The Rotterdam Ensemble and Willem de Kooning Academy. 3 Live performances Das Lied von der Erde were done in theaters in combination with this video.
Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) is a large-scale work by the Austrian-Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler. Laid out in six separate movements, each of them an independent song. Mahler's use of 'Chinese' motifs in the music is unique in his output.
Von der Schönheit
The music of this movement, "Of Beauty", is mostly soft and legato, with a loud articulated section in the brass as the young men ride by. There is a long orchestral postlude to the sung passage.
"Maidens gather blossoms in their laps as they sit among the bushes of the river bank, and the sunlight reflects them in the water. Handsome youths ride past on horses among the willows, trampling the flowers. The loveliest of the maidens looks on the handsome young man with burning desire, her heart's excitement beseeching him through her gaze behind her mask of pride."
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