Monday, September 13, 2010

"Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major" by Gustav Mahler.

OK, 100 yrs. ago last Sun.: This majestic 1906 choral work is dubbed "The Symphony Of A Thousand" as it demands a vast orchestral and vocal ensemble. It premiered in Munich on 9/12/1910. It speaks of redemption through the power of love and of the composer's confidence in the human spirit. The last of his works premiered during his lifetime. Unconventional as it is divided into 2 parts instead of movements: Part I comes from the text of a 9th century Christian hymn, "Veni Creator Spiritus" and Part II from the closing scene of Goethe's "Faust". Composer? Symphony?

Yesterday's answer:
Symphony No.47 in G major: III. Menuet e Trio al roverso. "Palindrome Symphony" by Haydn.

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