Ging heut’ morgen über’s Feld (Mahler)

I have included 2 demo recordings (instrumental) of my 2 alternate arrangements of this very special Mahler song below.

Description: As a lifelong fan of Gustav Mahler’s music, when I started my “late in life” choral composing project in my mid-60s, I knew that one day I would have to tackle one of Mahler’s songs.

And now, in my early 70s, I am excited to share my a cappella arrangement of one of Mahler’s most remarkable creations, “Ging heut’ morgen über’s Feld,” from his song cycle “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” (Songs of a Wayfarer), which later became the opening theme of Mahler’s 1st Symphony.

It is one of Mahler’s most joyful, happy creations and yet, it ends on a note of questioning, whether this happiness is sustainable or not. I have created two alternate arrangements, one with a happy ending and the other with a not-so-happy ending.

Arrangement I: the full original Mahler song, including the not-so-happy ending.

Arrangement II: for any choirs that might prefer to sing a shorter, happier version of the song, which omits the not-so-happy ending.

Sheet music (SATB div.): contact