Houston Symphony Broadcasts

Contemporary Music And A Titan From The Past

Featuring the winning works of the Houston Symphony’s first ever Young Composer Competition and Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 1.

“Two little rowboats next to the Titanic” was how composer Benjamin Krause summed up the next program to be featured on the Houston Symphony Broadcast, with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and the two winning works of the Houston Symphony’s first Young Composer Competition.

The concert begins with El Sombrerón by Colombian composer Victor Agudelo, which depicts the legend of El Sombrerón, a dark figure on horseback who chases away mischief-makers in Latin American folklore. The piece is full of imagery and musical story telling.

Next is Benjamin Krause’s Pathways, a piece with no story at all. Instead, Krause saw this as a compositional exercise, where he tried to recycle his material as much as possible and connect it in different ways while delivering a constant stream of energy.

Finally, Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony, sometimes called the “Titan” from its original conception as a symphonic poem. In its finished form, the symphony is mostly abstract, though it does borrow from two songs Mahler had originally composed in Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer). And the third movement funeral march might have been inspired by a wood engraving depicting a number of animals holding a funeral for a hunter.

Tune in for this concert Sunday (11/6) on News 88.7 or Wednesday (11/9) on Houston Public Media Classical at 8 PM.

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