Part 2 of the series now available. A unique journey that opens your ears to Mahler’s magical symphonies with in-depth, non-technical discussion, plus piano demos and recordings. Discussions include Mahler Symphonies 3, 5, 7, Das Lied von der Erde, and 10 (1st mvt.). A total of 20 large audio files plus PDFs of the lecture notes. After listening to the series, your ability to follow and understand the Mahler symphonies will improve dramatically.
Gustav Mahler’s symphonies are among the most intoxicating and even addictive experiences in all classical music listening. Part of their emotional impact comes from the fact that they bridge the 19th and 20th centuries. They look backward with a sense of culmination and nostalgia for the Romantic era, but also look forward to the new sonic and structural implications of the modern era. Mahler discovered a way to take the immersive world of characters, symbols, and emotions in a Wagner opera and place it within the abstract sonic tapestry of the symphony orchestra.
In this second audio series, we explore five of Mahler's symphonies from his early, middle, and late periods using piano examples, recordings, and your participation and discussion. This series covers the remainder of Mahler’s symphonic works (except for Symphony No. 8). We begin with his third symphony (the nature symphony), then on to the heroic fifth symphony, the seventh symphony, his great sublime farewell The Song of the Earth (Das Lied von der Erde), concluding with his incomplete 10th symphony. Curiosity and enthusiasm is a must, but previous knowledge of music is not necessary to enjoy these talks.
Lectures 1 and 2 Mahler Symphony No. 3
Mahler’s longest symphony—a nature symphony!
Lectures 3 and 4 Mahler Symphony No. 5
Mahler’s heroic symphony obsessed with Beethoven.
Includes the famous adagietto
Lectures 5 and 6 Mahler Symphony No. 7
Mahler’s least well-known symphony,
sometimes called the Song of the Night
Lectures 7, 8, 9 Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
”The Song of the Earth”— Mahler’s “song” symphony
Final movement Der Abshied (The Farewell) compared
with music by Schubert, Beethoven, and Strauss
Lecture 10 Mahler Symphony No. 10
Movement 1 only (the only movement Mahler completed)
Work of autumnal nostalgia and prophecy of modernism
Insightful yet understandable analysis of the musical structure of each piece with an infectious enthusiasm and excitement about the pure joy of beautiful music!
Barry and Wendy Feinberg
We were mesmerized by the insights you gave us about the program.
The concert was wonderful but made more enjoyable after your talk. The fellow sitting next to me, who I never saw before, kept referring to your comments.
I thoroughly enjoy your wonderful lectures. They are educational, interactive and fun! I also appreciate the genuine passion you express.
Sue Chenmusic is not necessary to enjoy these evenings.