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    There have been threads where people say or rank their favorite symphonies by a particular composer. I want to do something a bit different. In this thread, I want to ask what your favorite movement from each Mahler symphony is. If it is too hard for you to decide, you can just say your top ten favorite Mahler movements. Here is mine:

    Symphony No. 1: Movement 4
    Symphony No. 2: Movement 5 (Actually my favorite symphonic movement of all time!)
    Symphony No. 3: Movement 6
    Symphony No. 4: Movement 3
    Symphony No. 5: Movement 5
    Symphony No. 6: Movement 4
    Symphony No. 7: Movements 3 and 5 (tie)
    Symphony No. 8: Part 1
    Symphony No. 9: Movement 1

    What can I say, I love finales!

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    This is fun.

    Here goes!

    Symphony No. 1: Movement 1

    Symphony No. 2: Movement 3

    Symphony No. 3: Movement 1

    Symphony No. 4: Movement 3

    Symphony No. 5: Movement 3

    Symphony No. 6: Movement 3

    Symphony No. 7: Movement 1

    Symphony No. 8: Part 2

    Das Lied von der Erde: Der Einsame im Herbst

    Symphony No. 9: Movement 1

    Symphony No. 10: Movement 1 (of course)

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    This has been done before:Favorite Movement in each Mahler Symphony
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    No. 1: Mvmt. 4
    No. 2: Mvmt. 5
    No. 3: Mvmt. 6
    No. 4: Mvmt. 3
    No. 5: Mvmt. 4
    No. 6: Mvmt. 4
    No. 7: Mvmt. 3
    No. 8: Mvmt. 1
    DLVDE: Der Abschied
    No. 9: Mvmt. 1
    No. 10: Mvmt. 5 completion
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    I do not know all the Mahler symphonies yet:

    Symphony 1: movement 4
    Symphony 2: movement 2
    Symphony 3: movement 1


    Symphony 6: movement 1

    Symphony 8: movement 2
    DLVDE: Von der Jugend
    Symphony 9: movement 2
    Symphony 9

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulfilas View Post
    This is fun.

    Here goes!

    Symphony No. 1: Movement 1

    Symphony No. 2: Movement 3

    Symphony No. 3: Movement 1

    Symphony No. 4: Movement 3

    Symphony No. 5: Movement 3

    Symphony No. 6: Movement 3

    Symphony No. 7: Movement 1

    Symphony No. 8: Part 2

    Das Lied von der Erde: Der Einsame im Herbst

    Symphony No. 9: Movement 1

    Symphony No. 10: Movement 1 (of course)
    Which movement do you consider the third movement, the Scherzo or Andante?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnie Burgess View Post
    Oops! Didn’t know that! I was actually thinking of doing this for multiple composers and wanted to start with Mahler. My mistake!

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    Let me give this a shot:

    Symphony No.1: First movement
    Symphony No.2: Fourth movement, "Urlicht"
    Symphony No.3: Tough call, probably either the first movement or the fourth movement w/ Zarathustra's Roundelay
    Symphony No.4: Third movement, Ruhevoll
    Symphony No.5: Fourth movement, Adagietto
    Symphony No.6: The Andante
    Symphony No.7: Third movement, the Scherzo
    Symphony No.8: Part II, the Final Scene from Goethe's Faust II, but if I have to get more specific, the Chorus Mysticus at the very end
    Symphony No.9: First movement, duh. (Though the Adagio finale is amazing, that first movement is probably the greatest single movement Mahler ever wrote)
    Symphony No.10: First movement, duh.
    Das Lied von der Erde: Der Einsame im Herbst, or Der Abschied (really close call!)

    Man, this is making me want to listen to some Mahler! I have been taking a big break from his music after going too hard with it in April-May-June.

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    Symphony 1: 1 > 4 > 3 > 2
    Symphony 2: 5 > 3 > 2 > 1 = 4
    Symphony 3: 3 > 2 > 1 > 5 > 4 > 6 (my least favorite Mahler movement in all the symphonies)
    Symphony 4: 1 = 4 > 2 > 3
    Symphony 5: 5 > 3 > 2 > 4 > 1
    Symphony 6: 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 (Scherzo/Andante)
    Symphony 7: 1 = 5 > 4 > 3 > 2 (my favorite symphony)
    Symphony 8: 2 > 1
    Symphony 9: 3 > 2 > 1 > 4 (the Rondo-Burleske is my favorite Mahler movement)
    Symphony 10: 1 (only heard the Adagio)
    DLVDE: Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde > Von der Jugend > Von der Schönheit > Der Abschied > Der Einsame im Herbst > Der Trukene im Frühling
    Last edited by calvinpv; Sep-28-2020 at 14:59.

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    Symphony No. 1: Movement 1
    Symphony No. 2: Movement 4
    Symphony No. 3: Movement 4
    Symphony No. 4: Movement 4
    Symphony No. 5: Movement 4
    Symphony No. 6: Movement 3 (Andante)
    Symphony No. 7: Movement 3
    Symphony No. 8: Orchestral prelude to Part II
    Symphony No. 9: Movement 1
    Das Lied von der Erde: Der Abschied

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    I'm probably expected to chime in, so:

    1st: 3rd movement (sheer audacity)
    2nd: 1st (natch)
    3rd: 6th (Abbado/Vienna; accept no substitutes)
    4th: 3rd (the most joyous sorrow)
    5th: 5th (for general purposes - has there ever been a more blatant call for a standing ovation?)
    Adagietto - (but only if Kondrashin's conducting)
    6th: Andante (Aw, heck - I love 'em all!)
    7th: 3rd (Scherzo) (Spooooooky!)
    8th: Part II (because it's not Part I)
    DLvdE: Der Einsame im Herbst (falling leaves in China - come on!)
    9th: 1st (agree with flamencosketches: greatest movement of his career)
    10th: 1st. Unsettling/playful/sarcastic/spare/majestic/utterly terrifying/resigned/peaceful; something for everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mahlernerd View Post
    Which movement do you consider the third movement, the Scherzo or Andante?
    The Andante! Good point.

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    1st: Movement 4
    2nd: ”Urlicht” or the Finale, cannot possibly choose just one of them
    3rd: The Finale, without any doubt. One of my very favorite movements in all of music.
    4th: Ruhevoll Movement 3
    5th: I love the Adagietto, but the subsequent finale is among the most overwhelmingly joyful pieces of music I know, so I give the last movement my vote.
    6th: The heartbreaking and pastoral Andante
    7th: Movement 3, the Scherzo
    8th: Final Scene of Goethe’s Faust
    DLVDE: It must be Der Abschied. “Ewig... Ewig...
    9th: Yes, the first movement is often considered his ultimate achievement, and perhaps it is, but the closing Adagio is what seals it in my mind as Mahler’s greatest symphony. Seeing it performed live is something truly special.
    10th: If Mahler completed the symphony, I think the Finale would be my choice.
    Last edited by Littlephrase1913; Sep-28-2020 at 21:46.

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    1: 4
    2: 1
    3: 3
    4: 1
    5: 5
    6: 4
    7: 1
    8: 1
    9: 3
    10: 5
    dlvde: 6

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    1: 1
    2: 5
    3: don't know well enough
    4: 1
    5: 4
    6: 1
    7: don't know well enough
    8: 2
    9: 1 (!!!)
    DLvDE: 6 (!!!)
    Last edited by BrahmsWasAGreatMelodist; Sep-28-2020 at 23:07.
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