A Ruggedly Vigorous Musical Joke

“Bruckner’s Scherzi are outstanding for their freshness and rugged vigor, and this one is no exception.” Benjamin Korstvedt In most of Bruckner’s Symphonies, the second movement is a slow movement.  Here in the Eighth, he has reversed his normal ordering and made the second movement a Scherzo.  As I alluded to in the previous post,... Continue Reading →


“Mahler’s marches are like heart attacks, his chorales like all christendom gone mad  … Mahler is German music multiplied by N” Leonard Bernstein on Mahler “The Scherzo is a devil of a movement…” Mahler on the third movement of the Fifth Symphony Mahler still has one foot in the 19th century, and in musical classicism.... Continue Reading →

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