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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Difficult Mahler Symphony No. 8

Performances of Gustave Mahler's Symphony No. 8 (the “Symphony of a Thousand”) never quite add up. Perhaps the work is too technically unwieldy, or maybe its meaning is too obtuse. (After he finished the symphony, Mahler wrote his wife in 1909 that “it is all an allegory to convey something that, no matter what form it is given, can never be adequately expressed.”) Whatever the reason, it is a work that demands attention. Mahler’s largest creation--and one of few that were well received in his lifetime--premiered in 1910. Nearly 90 years later, New York City played host to not one but two performances of this massive and rarely mounted symphony.

link: WHAT WAS MAHLER THINKING? | More Intelligent Life


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