Resources for "Sing Out, Davies!"

Welcome! We're delighted you'll be participating in the Sing Out, Davies! choral workshop on April 17, 2016, led by San Francisco Symphony Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin.

Everything you need to know about the workshop is on this page. If you have questions, please contact Lolly Lewis, Community of Music Makers Program Administrator, at or (415) 503-5344.



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     Mahler Symphony no. 2 - finale  





Workshop Details and Logistics

  • Admission is by ticket only. All workshop participants should have a PARTICIPANT ticket. If you invited guests to see you sing at Davies Symphony Hall, they will not need a ticket. See below for more information for Observers. For any questions about tickets or registration, please call the Symphony Box Office: (415) 864-6000 (Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, noon-6pm).

  • PARTICIPANTS: Plan to arrive at the Davies Symphony Hall entrance on Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin, between 6:00 and 6:15pm. Doors will open shortly after 6:00pm. All participants will need to be seated on stage before the workshop begins promptly at 6:30pm.
  • During the course of the workshop, participants will be escorted to the various Davies Symphony Hall rehearsal spaces for sectionals, led by Chorus Mentors. Entry to the stage area is via a short staircase. Wheelchair-accessible entry is available; if you need alternative access without stairs, please contact Community of Music Makers to alert us, and plan to arrive a little early and ask for assistance.
  • Paid parking may be available at the Performing Arts Garage (1/2 block from Davies Symphony Hall).
  • Participants will be provided with sheet music at the workshop.
  • Dress is casual; please wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and refrain from using scented products (hair spray, perfume, etc.).
  • There will be a break during the workshop, and workshop participants will be provided with coffee, tea, and cookies backstage. Restrooms are available during the break period, and participants may use their cell phones during this time.

  • OBSERVERS: Your seats will be in the Loge section. Note that this is a working session and you may not be able to hear the instructions given onstage. Please enter through the Symphony Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin. Observers will be free to come and go (quietly) as they wish. Observers may exit to the lobby to use their cell phones. Restrooms will be available in the Loge lobby.
  • Observers are welcome to take non-flash photographs from the Loge, using silent hand-held cameras (no tripods please!). Please note that audio recording and videotaping is not allowed.
  • Observers are not allowed on or backstage, or in the orchestra section of Davies Symphony Hall. We ask that observers respect the educational environment of the workshop, and engage in quiet observation throughout the evening.
  • During the last hour of the workshop we will feature a run-through of the workshop music. Observers may choose to attend the run-through only. Plan to arrive by about 8:45 as the run-through will begin at approximately 9:00pm.




Listen to the Repertoire


Mahler Symphony No. 2, Resurrection
Finale: Sehr langsam und gedehnt (very slow and lengthened)

Performed by the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus,
conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas

(please note: this music is extremely quiet at the beginning)





Additional Rehearsal Tools


Please note: we have separated the pronunciation guides into shorter sections for easier study. Please refer to the rehearsal numbers in the score to find the correct section.

Pronunciation guides are provided for the chorus sections only, not the solos.


CHORUS SINGS: Rehearsal 31-33

Aufersteh’n, ja aufersteh’n wirst du,
Mein Staub, nach kurzer Ruh!
Unsterblich Leben
Wird der dich rief dir geben.

Arise, yes, you will arise from the dead,
My dust, after a short rest!
Eternal life!
Will be given you by Him who called you.

Pronunciation guide for rehearsal 31-33

Ragnar Bohlin reads the German text


CHORUS SINGS: Rehearsal 35-37

Wieder aufzublüh’n wirst du gesät!
Der Herr der Ernte geht
Und sammelt Garben
Uns ein, die starben.

To bloom again are you sown.
The lord of the harvest goes
And gathers the sheaves,
Us who have died.

Pronunciation guide for rehearsal 35-37



O glaube, mein Herz, o glaube:
Es geht dir nichts verloren!

Dein ist, was du gesehnt!
Dein, was du geliebt, Was du gestritten!

O glaube:
Du wardst nicht umsonst geboren!
Hast nicht umsonst gelebt, gelitten!


CHORUS SINGS: Rehearsal 42-44

Was entstanden ist, das muß vergehen!
Was vergangen, auferstehen!
Hör' auf zu beben!
Bereite dich zu leben!

O believe, my heart, oh believe,
Nothing will be lost to you!

Everything is yours that you have desired,
Yours, what you have loved, what you have struggled for.

O believe,
You were not born in vain,
Have not lived in vain, suffered in vain!


What was created must perish,
What has perished must rise again.
Tremble no more!
Prepare yourself to live!

Pronunciation guide for rehearsal 42-44



O Schmerz! Du Alldurchdringer!
Dir bin ich entrungen!
O Tod! Du Allbezwinger!
Nun bist du bezwungen!

Mit Flügeln, die ich mir errungen,
In heißem Liebesstreben,
Werd' ich entschweben
Zum Licht, zu dem kein Aug' gedrungen!
Sterben werd' ich, um zu leben!


CHORUS SINGS: Rehearsal 46-48

Mit Flügeln, die ich mir errungen,
Werd' ich entschweben
Sterben werd' ich, um zu leben!

O Sorrow, all-penetrating!
I have been wrested away from you!
O Death, all-conquering!
Now you are conquered!

With wings that I won
In the passionate strivings of love
I shall mount
To the light to which no sight has penetrated.
I shall die, so as to live!



With wings that I won
I shall mount
I shall die, so as to live!

Pronunciation guide for rehearsal 46-48


CHORUS SINGS: Rehearsal 48-end

Aufersteh'n, ja aufersteh'n wirst du, 
Mein Herz, in einem Nu!
Was du geschlagen,
Zu Gott wird es dich tragen!


Arise, yes, you will arise from the dead,
My heart, in an instant!
What you have conquered
Will bear you to God.

Pronunciation guide for rehearsal 48-end




Practice Tracks for Individual Parts

Professionally recorded rehearsal tracks by Matthew Curtis


practice tracks





More about the Music: Suggested Reading & Listening


Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor

Recordings: Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, with Isabel Bayrakdarian, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, and the SFS Chorus (recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall in 2004, and released as part of the SFS Mahler recording cycle on the SFS Media label)  |  Herbert Blomstedt with the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus with Ruth Ziesak, Charlotte Hellekant, and the SFS Chorus (London)  |  Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic (Deutsche Grammophon)  |  Zubin Mehta conducting the Vienna Philharmonic (London/Decca Legends)  |  Claudio Abbado conducting  the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon Doubles)  |  Otto Klemperer conducting  the Philharmonia Orchestra (EMI Great Recordings of the Century)

Reading: Mahler: The Symphonies, by Constantin Floros (Amadeus)  |  Mahler, by Henry-Louis de La Grange (Doubleday)  |  Mahler: A Biography, by Jonathan Carr: a briefer introduction—intelligent, accessible, and valuable in stripping away much of the mythology that has come to surround the composer (Overlook)  |  Mahler, by Michael Kennedy (Oxford Master Musicians series)  |  The Mahler Companion, edited by Donald Mitchell and Andrew Nicholson (Oxford)