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  1. Orchestral Music
    Ok, so here's a new comparative study for you. I was gonna use a chamber piece but there was little interest so it's another orchestral piece. Here's 8 recordings of Brahm's Tragic Overture Op.81. Like last time, there's a real mix of performances here from the 50's onwards Some of the...
  2. Religious Music
    This is my first post here. Before I start I should probably admit that I am not the most knowledgeable when it comes to choral music but I am keen to dig deeper. I have noticed recently that the choral music that I have been drawn to tends to have particularly tragic themes. Looking at my...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    Classical pieces over the years have garnered "nicknames" such as: Mahler's Symphony 6 = "Tragic" Haydn's Symphony 6 = "Sunrise" Beethoven's Piano Concerto 5 = "Emperor" and so on. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_classical_music_sub-titles,_nicknames_and_non-numeric_titles Now the...
  4. Blog
    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...
  5. Blog
    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...
  7. Blog
    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)...
  8. Blog
    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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