Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz

“The further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes.” Gustav Mahler The second movement of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is marked “Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz” (Turbulently Rough, With Greatest Vehemence).  Where the first movement Funeral March expressed mourning, despair and anguish, this second movement gives... Continue Reading →


“Heavens, what is the public to make of this chaos in which new worlds are forever being engendered, only to crumble into ruin the next moment? What are they to say to this primeval music, this foaming, roaring, raging sea of sound, to these dancing stars, to these breathtaking, iridescent, and flashing breakers?” Gustav Mahler,... Continue Reading →

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