Mahler Symph 5 - tribute to his wife Alma, and is played...

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Alan Hwang Mahler Symphony No. 5 Gustav Mahler, an Austrian composer, is probably best known for his Symphony number 5. The Symphony Number 5 is now considered a masterpiece, but at the time he premiered it, (1904) it was ahead of its time and the audience could not fully appreciate it. Mahler’s Fifth was written in a reverse order than traditional symphonies of the time. While most symphonies were composed from life to death, Mahler’s is reversed, and it goes from death to life. In fact, the opening movement from the symphony is actually the world famous funeral march. Symphony number 5 represents many of Mahler’s emotions and feelings. The first two movements can be interpreted to be a struggle between light and dark, while the third starts to become very passionate. The fourth movement “Adagietto,” which is arguably his most famous piece of music, is a serene and intimate movement. It was a
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Unformatted text preview: tribute to his wife Alma, and is played mainly by strings and harp. The fifth movement is the finale, and is written in a classical style. Mahlers deep symphony may be attributed to his rough childhood; he was abused as a child and held an inconsolable kind of mourning. He believed that a symphony represented a world, and this correlates to his writing his fifth in a way that has a world of emotions. This symphony when played in full can go over seventy minutes. Mahler composed this symphony in a good time of his life. He had just bought a grand villa in Austria and met his wife Alma. This was a drastic change from his rough childhood. The contrast in quality of life can be a reason that the fifth symphony is written in reverse order, from death to life....
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2011 for the course ARTS AND A 10 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at UCLA.

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