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The Mahler Symphonies Guided Tour - Symphony No. 5: Movement III

We’re now into Part 2 of the symphony (which just consists of Movement III). This is the shift from darkness to light, before the happiness of Part 3 (the last two movements). 1,171 more words

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Mahler Symphony No. 6: Andante Moderato - Klangfarbenmelodie III

In this post we will continue to illustrate how Mahler made use of the Klangfarbenmelodie technique. This example features mixed usage of gradual colour changes and the abrupt, pointillistic approach. 547 more words

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Mahler and Freud

There was a meeting between Freud and Gustav Mahler in Leyden. We know little of what happened between them, but that it had something to do with a crises in Mahler’s relationship with Alma.

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Mahler: wouldn't you simply DIE without Mahler?

“Wouldn’t you simply die without Mahler?” – a line from Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, and the line runs through my head every time I hear Mahler’s name. 359 more words

The Mahler Symphonies Guided Tour - What's So Funny About Scherzos?

At the risk of front-end loading all the musical concepts into this one symphony, I thought it might be helpful before we venture into the third movement of the Mahler 5 just to talk a little bit about a word that’s really only heard within classical music circles (or Italian-speakers). 643 more words

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