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    Default B.D. rd.1 -Gustav Mahler

    Guten Tag to all!!




    Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Gustav Mahler. I was born in 1860 in Kalischt, Bohemia. After a short time my parents moved to Jihlava.A small provincial town that my parents settled in, I grew up watching military bands and other musical ensembles march around town in a colorful display of prowess. When I was old enough to attend to the musical side of my interests, I began concerted efforts at the Vienna Conservatoire.
    I was aged only 15 and studied under the famous Julius Epstein,Franz Krenn and Robert Fuchs. I did well fortunately and then moved on to Vienna University where Anton Bruckner was among my distinguished teachers. I studied very hard and also taught a small bit on the side. The first challenge came when the school offered a prize to a composition student. So I composed Das Klegende Lied. I found this work well done but alas Brahms didn't see it that way and i failed to win. So onward I went.

    After school I moved to Bad Hall and took on the position of director there and continued my work in composing and conducting. I eventually worked in Prague,Leipzig,Budapest and finally the grand dame of them all, Vienna.



    As a Jewish man, I did have difficulties with many directors,musicians and fellow composers not to mention critics. But I conquered such issues and made a name for myself as a great conductor of the works of Beethoven,Mozart,Weber and Wagner.
    During these years fraught with heartache and tension, I managed to write 9 symphonies with a completed adagio for a tenth. I also penned Das Lied von der Erde and a large collection of Lieder that continue to be very popular 100 years after their composition.
    I eventually made my way to America and the New York Philharmonic,where some of my later works were performed. My family supported me this whole time yet we still experienced heartache as my daughter succumbed to diphtheria in 1907.



    I tried to be the best father a man could be. But, like all families, we had our problems and after a short stay in New York, my health began to cause us even more pain. So back to Vienna our family went.

    I have been respected as a conductor and composer for many years. I hope that my works will continue to be performed and respected as time goes on. Many make jokes about including everything but the kitchen sink in my symphonies. Well I just might do that someday!! I need to find the sink with the right octave range though
    Until then, 1000 singers will suffice in my Symphony #8 and off stage orchestras in my Symphony #2.

    As this balloon lifts skyward, please remember my life and works in an effort to ascertain correct judgment.

    All the best to my fellow passengers as we journey together,

    G Mahler

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    Great post! It's nice to see we're under way with such well informed company!
    As they say on Star Trek, 'Good luck Jim!'
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    Danke vielmals mein freund!!!!

    G Mahler

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    Quote Originally Posted by handlebar View Post
    I need to find the sink with the right octave range though
    Looking at the state of the balloon, I can see it's a different kind of sink you're having to deal with at the moment, Herr Mahler.... I suppose a descending series of notes would be most appropriate.

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    Descending,yes. I have used copious amounts of brass in my symphonies and can use them when necessary.
    Do you notice the correlation between the brass registers and the vocal octaves in both symphony #2 and 3? Delightful!!!!

    Jim

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    Abslolutey one of my favourite composers! Even though, because of the listening demands he places on us, a composer I've still only scratched the surface of.
    For me he was the most important symphonist after Beethoven. He, at the same time looked back to his classical roots and served as a beacon to the twentieth century. He took the symphonic form to the next level after Bruckner. Whereas Bruckner was doggedly stuck in four movement format all his life, Mahler was more free tonally, harmonically and constructively, and was a more flexible orchestrator. But even through all his invention and innovation a traditional Vienese symphony can still be found.
    Some would say his music can sound a little crude and brash but he could attain some amazing, etherial sound worlds unique to him through his unpredictability and vision....

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    A composer cannot be truly great without a dash of vulgarity. IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lang View Post
    A composer cannot be truly great without a dash of vulgarity. IMO.
    And as you can hear, i have added a few points of vulgarity to a work or two.
    Of course WHICH works are up to the discriminating ear of the beholder.

    G Mahler

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    Quote Originally Posted by David C Coleman View Post
    Abslolutey one of my favourite composers! Even though, because of the listening demands he places on us, a composer I've still only scratched the surface of.
    Don't say that about Mahler when I'm in the same room. Just saying.

    -D.D. Shostakovich

    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post
    Looking at the state of the balloon, I can see it's a different kind of sink you're having to deal with at the moment, Herr Mahler.... I suppose a descending series of notes would be most appropriate.
    He already did that in the second symphony.
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    And who knows what I might have done in the 10th symphony if I'd have had TIME to do it. This crummy heart condition really played havoc on my composing.

    GM

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    Quote Originally Posted by handlebar View Post
    And who knows what I might have done in the 10th symphony if I'd have had TIME to do it. This crummy heart condition really played havoc on my composing.

    GM
    Maybe you shouldn't have smoked. I learned that the hard way also. But I suppose everybody smoked when we were alive. Ah well. As said several times before, life goes on.

    -D.D. Shostakovich
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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