In his monumental Ninth Symphony, one of Mahler's greatest and most popular works, the composer experimented with the four-movement symphonic form, producing a masterpiece of musical innovation, satiric writing, and poetic drama, expressed in purely instrumental terms. Alban Berg described the first movement as "the most glorious [the composer] ever wrote." By shaping each movement into an intensely personal narrative, Mahler brought fresh and formidable thinking to the entire structure of this innovative masterpiece. Today, the symphony is a landmark of twentieth-century musical composition. The full orchestral score is reprinted here from the authoritative Universal-Edition, complete with bar-numbered movements for easy reference. Ideal for study in the classroom, at home, or in the concert hall, this affordable, high-quality, conveniently sized volume will be the edition of choice for music students and music lovers alike.