"Trauermarsch" from Mahler's 5th Symphony
Uploaded on Oct 22, 2017
Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler was composed in 1901 and 1902, mostly during the summer months at Mahler's holiday cottage at Maiernigg. Among its most distinctive features are the trumpet solo that opens the work with the same rhythmic motive as the opening of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, the horn solos in the third movement and the frequently performed Adagietto.
The musical canvas and emotional scope of the work, which lasts over an hour, are huge. The symphony is sometimes described as being in the key of C♯ minor since the first movement is in this key (the finale, however, is in D major). Mahler objected to the label: "From the order of the movements (where the usual first movement now comes second) it is difficult to speak of a key for the 'whole Symphony', and to avoid misunderstandings the key should best be omitted."
The trumpet solo at the opening of the first movement is followed by a somber, funeral march (the primary theme). The march is twice interrupted by a calmer secondary theme. (Wikipedia)
Performance by the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich conducted by David Zinman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzmvlPY5kX4)
|Key signature||4 sharps|
|Part names||Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet(3), Bassoon(2), French Horn, Trumpet(2), Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion(4), Violin(3), Viola, Cello, Contrabass|
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