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Gustav Mahler

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Austria (1860 – 1911)

Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was a Jewish Bohemian-Austrian composer and conductor.

Mahler was best known during his own lifetime as one of the leading orchestral and operatic conductors of the day, but he has since come to be acknowledged as among the most important composers – a remarkable feat for a figure whose mature creativity was concentrated in just two genres: song and . Besides the nine completed symphonies, his principal works are the song cycles “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” (usually rendered as ‘Songs of a Wayfarer’, but literally ‘Songs of a Travelling Journeyman’) and Kindertotenlieder (‘Songs on the Death of Children’), and the synthesis of symphony and song cycle that is “Das Lied von der Erde” (‘The Song of the Earth’).

Mahler told fellow composer Jean Sibelius in 1907 that “a symphony should be like the world: it must embrace everything”; putting this philosophy into practice, he brought the genre to a new level of artistic development. Increasing the range of contrasts within and between movements necessitated an expansion of scale and scope (at around 95 minutes, his six-movement “Symphony No. 3” is the longest in the general symphonic repertoire) – while the admission of vocal and choral elements (with texts drawn from folk-poetry, Friedrich Nietzsche, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Chinese literature, and Medieval Roman Catholic mysticism) made manifest a philosophical as well as autobiographical content.

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  • sandrabjorg

    Amazing

    28 Feb 3:38pm Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    Незнаю почему, но с его музыкой у меня ассоциируется Чехия, а не Австрия))

    16 Feb 11:49am Reply
  • epoetin

    What a maestro.

    28 Jan 11:19am Reply
  • Sertuga

    Geez, wasn't expecting Symphony 5 movement 4 to take up the first seven top spots! I mean, I have nothing against it, but I didn't know it would overshadow his other stuff that much in popularity. Oh well, no big deal! Love his symphonies, especially 1 and 6.

    25 Jan 9:29pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Good jew.

    11 Jan 4:23pm Reply
  • aliahmadizade

    symphony no. 3 !!!!

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Iggy_86

    Resurrection! <3

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • soundsides

    Symphony No. 8 is MAD. Badass. Great!!!!! IF (a big if) you should EVER have the opportunity to enjoy it LIVE - dont you miss it ...

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • soundsides

    "Sein Vater, der ein cholerisches Temperament hatte und sehr viel las, [fuhr als reisender Kaufmann mit Schnaps, Zucker und Manufaktur übers Land]." grammatik ist eine sache, semantik die andere. das ist wie mit den kälbchen und der autobahn. wenn erst der wald drüberwächst, dann kommen die häuser von ganz alleine.

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ninefeb2012

    Yes very emotional.

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • kikofilip

    This is goood!

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • abdallahimam

    I enjoy to lisen gustav mahler. Great symphony.

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    #1 :) beautiful

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
  • BatooqSupersoul

    Boring

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • mahleria

    Happy birthday.

    7 Jul 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    i didnt like him that much at first but then i thought damn this is crazy.

    18 Jun 2014 Reply
  • aliahmadizade

    mahler es único!

    8 Jun 2014 Reply
  • aliahmadizade

    mahler is unique!

    8 Jun 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    mahler !

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • bantha_fodder_

    Fucking symphony no. 6, goddamn.

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
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