Mahler Symphony No.9


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Gustav Mahler is one of the great composers and conductors of the 19th century. He was born on July 7, 1860 and died at 50 years old on May 18, 1911. Although he was largely ignored at the time, in death his works have been cherished as master pieces. Perhaps his best and most famous piece of work is the last symphony he completed, the ninth symphony.

Due to Beethoven and Bruckner, Mahler was superstitious when it came to a composers ninth symphony believing it must be a composer’s last. Mahler tried to escape the superstition by titling his ninth symphony Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth). He wrote the symphony between 1908 and 1909 but it wasn’t until 20 November 1911 that it was first performed at the Tonhalle in Munich, Germany. Das Lied von der Erde was structurally a symphony but Mahler tried to make it different by disguising song cycles by having each song be a setting for a poem for both the orchestra or a soloist. The poems used were of Chinese origin and then translated into German.

The ninth symphony wasn’t only shaped through Mahler’s superstitious nature but also through the many tragedies he endured between the eighth and ninth symphonies. Mahler’s daughter Putzi died of diphtheria, he stepped down as director of the Vienna Court Opera, and he was diagnosed a lesion in one of his heart valves. While many thought this would lead to dark a melancholic sound, Mahler used this to become reinvigorated and was constantly chasing life and trying to capture it through his music.

Speculation has been made that the ninth symphony is the embodiment of Mahler's life itself. Bernstein suggested that the faltering rhythm used with the cello’s represented the eradicate heartbeat of Mahler had in his later years. Bernstein also speculated the marching rhythm in the first movements score embodies the limping gait Maher had. With Mahler’s new-found drive to live life its no surprise that he poured his very essence into his music.

Mahler is held in high regard today due to his ground-breaking methods employed in his work. He's thought to have had a major influence in a range of areas including: progressive tonality, dissolution of tonality, contrapuntal texture, and his use of continually varying themes rather than recycling one. Mahler is clearly a pioneer of music and can be thanked for many of the sounds we have today. To experience Mahler’s ninth symphony in its entirety, make sure you listen to it in the best quality available. To enjoy hearing every note in crisp intensity listen to Mahler’s ninth symphony with a High definition music card!


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