Portrait of Gustav Mahler
A page from Alma Mahler’s Tagebücher (diary) featuring the first subject of a sonata she has written:
“The first movement of my sonata is almost finished. The task gave me the greatest satisfaction, but was also hellishly difficult. There are three main subjects and two or three subsidiary ones. The first subject leads naturally to a countersubject, which usually opens in the dominant. It’s raining, raining, raining!”
27 June 1899
[Translation: Beaumont & Rode-Breymann, 1998]
Simon Rattle (Conductor), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Gustav Mahler 7. Symphonie, I. Satz /
Gustav Mahler, 1884, Kassel
Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 - 18 May 1911)
“Ich weiß für mich, dass ich, solang ich mein Erlebnis in Worten zusammenfassen kann, gewiss keine Musik hierüber machen würde.”
(“If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.”)
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Music: Lieder: ‘Ging heut morgen ubers Feld’ (‘I went this morning over the field’)
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Image: Model posing in Mucha’s studio, c. 1899
Instant recognition if you’re at all familiar with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.
Mahler: Piano Quartet
Mahler: Symphony No.4 in G major - I. Heiter bedachtig : Nicht eilen-gemachlich (15:59)
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection” - 3. Scherzo. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung (10:28)
I don’t remember when I found this .gif, or who made it (if you know, tell me so I can credit them), but it’s just the best thing.
Mostly in how the horn player is not only bracing his ear from the sound, but how the shock of the hammer makes his music bounce.
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection” - I. Allegro maestoso - mit durchaus ernstem und feierlich (19:02)