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    Understanding Mahler's Sixth Symphony Continued from Part 1. Analysis The finale opens with a low C. A disembodied seventh chord (like that in the scherzo) is greeted by a flurry of string tremolos and harp glissandi. A melody in the strings begins tentatively with an upwards leap of an...
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    Understanding Mahler's Sixth Symphony IV. Finale Owing to the length of this movement, the analysis has been separated into its own entry. Form Introduction 0:00~0:41 Introductory fanfare (C minor->A minor) 0:41~2:52 Thematic fragments (A minor) 2:52~5:04 Chorale, theme (C minor->G minor->C...
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    Understanding Mahler's Sixth Symphony II. Scherzo: Wuchtig. (Powerful) Form 0:00~0:55 Scherzo 1 (A minor) 0:55~1:21 Pre-trio (E-flat major) 1:21~2:10 Scherzo returns (A minor) 2:10~4:27 Trio 1 (F major) 4:27~5:20 Codetta 1 (F minor) 5:20~7:13 Scherzo 2 (A minor->C minor/major) 7:13~9:25 Trio...
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    I. Allegro energetico, ma non troppo Form 0:00~1:48 First theme (A minor) 1:48~2:28 Chorale (A minor) 2:28~4:42 Second theme (F major) 4:42~9:04 Exposition repeat 9:04~10:44 1st theme dvt (Undefined->E minor->A minor) 10:44~11:29 2nd theme dvt (D major) 11:29~14:41 Chorale dvt (D minor)...
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    Understanding Mahler's Sixth Symphony Introduction and Overview Composition For those who seek to read Mahler's life into every note of his music, there is one work in particular that stands out. Much has been made of the three "hammerblows" of fate in the finale of the Sixth Symphony (one...
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