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  1. Classical Music Discussion
    I always listen to Mahler 2 (the Resurrection symphony) at Easter time. This year I think I'll chose the Bertini recording from the box set. Anyone care to join in?
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    V. Finale Form 0:00~1:35 Introduction (C minor/major) 1:36~5:03 Horn calls, themes (F minor/major) 5:04~7:30 Lamenting theme (B-flat minor) 7:30~9:30 Exposition Coda (C major/minor) 9:30~13:10 March (F minor->F major->F minor) 13:10~15:05 Lamenting theme, off-stage band (E-flat minor->F...
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    Understanding Mahler's Second Symphony Part 4: Urlicht and Finale IV. Urlicht (Primal Light) Text The poem Mahler used for his setting comes from the anthology of folk poetry Des Knaben Wunderhorn (although some of the poems were either significantly redacted or edited by the compilers). It...
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    Split because of the 5 attachment limit. III. Scherzo: In ruhig fliessender Bewegung (With calmly flowing motion) Form 0:00~1:46 Scherzo 1 (C minor) 1:46~2:32 Scherzo 2 (F major) 2:32~3:13 Scherzo 1 Coda (C minor) 3:13~6:02 Trio (C major->D major->E major->C major) 6:02~7:00 Scherzo 1 (C...
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    Understanding Mahler's Second Symphony Part 3: The Middle Movements II. Andante moderato Form 0:00~1:14 Theme A (A-flat major) 1:14~2:36 Theme B (G-sharp minor) 2:37~4:05 Theme A' (A-flat major) 4:06~6:21 Theme B' (G-sharp minor->A-flat major->G-sharp minor) 6:22~9:29 Theme A'' "Guitar"...
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    Understanding Mahler's Second Symphony Part 2: I - Allegro Maestoso Form 0:00~4:05 Exposition 0:00~2:53 First Theme group (C minor) 2:53~4:05 Second theme group (E major->E-flat minor) 4:05~16:47 Development C minor, A-flat (brass chorale), G minor (march), C major (2nd theme), E major (2nd...
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    Understanding Mahler's Second Symphony Part 1: Background and Overview Composition Mahler's first symphony was not yet finished, much less performed, when the composer began work on a Symphonic Poem, a sonata form movement named Totenfeier (funeral rites) in 1888. Several years later, after...
  8. Orchestral Music
    One of my friends recently started humming what she called the 'horror film theme'. I don't think I've any heard any horror film actually using it, but I've recognized it now as a part of Mahler's 2nd symphony, namely what (I think) is the 'march of the dead' theme in the finale. The part can be...
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