Tag Archives: Mahler

Arbitrary Countdowns: Top 10 Most Beautiful Pieces

Beautiful is a word that gets overused way too much in music for me. It gets used to describe almost any slow, generally tonal piece of music, which bothers me, mostly because I think there should be a special realm … Continue reading

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Best Compositional Facial Hair

It’s a horribly awkward title, I know. This is a list I’ve been thinking about for a while, and I dare to answer the question: Which composers had the best beard/mustache? I would like to preempt this discussion with the … Continue reading

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Berlioz: Tristia

I may have already mentioned my love for Berlioz. If I haven’t, I love Berlioz, a lot. I really don’t think he gets the respect he deserves as far as influencing the next generation of composers. Huge orchestra’s: Berlioz did … Continue reading

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PSO: Mahler 5

Today I got to see my local Portland Symphony Orchestra play Mahler’s 5 Symphony. My mom wanted to go with me, but I made her take me to the pre-concert lecture, and the post-concert Q and A with the conductor. … Continue reading

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In Defense of Bruckner

  I recently became involved in a discussion on Facebook on the quality of the music of Anton Bruckner. Of course everyone was saying, “Mahler’s better. He embraces everything. Mahler has emotion, Bruckner doesn’t.” First off, are these people retarded? … Continue reading

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Happy Easter!

First off, a big Happy 281st Birthday to Mr. Franz Joseph Haydn, father of the symphony and string quartet, and overall genius. Also, no better way to celebrate the resurrection day than with the resurrection symphony! Of course, Mahler wasn’t … Continue reading

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Barenboim: Mahler 5

I recently posted a video of Claudio Abbado doing Mahler 5. Why am I posting another video of the same symphony? Because this version is so blisteringly amazing!! In short, Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony play the balls off the … Continue reading

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