- 1st movement: Langsam. Schleppend (Slow. Shuffling)
- 2nd movement: Kr
äftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell (Forceful, animated, but not too quick)
- 3rd movement: Feierlich and gemessen, ohne zu schleppen (Solemn and measured, but not dragging)
- 4th movement: St
ürmisch bewegt (Stormy and animated)
Strange sounding and modern to the ears of late 19th Century audiences it may have been, but the first two movements of the four-movement version of Mahler's First Symphony that we hear today are quite conventional in structure. The first movement, in D major, in the established tradition of classical symphonies has its second subject in the home key's dominant of A major, while the second movement is in a conventional A-B-A sonata form ; a Scherzo with a central Trio . In the last two movements however, convention has been left behind and Mahler is speaking his own language.
Mahler himself ascribed the title 'Titan' to the symphony, although the allusion to the novel of that name by Jean Paul must not be taken too far. Mahler's reference was merely to a strong, heroic figure, one who battles with the struggles and adversities that life dealsContinued page 3/13