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Gustav Mahler: Musical Genius
Gustav Mahler. This name is definitely not considered "household", but should be recognized as one of the greatest classical composers of all time. Of course this is my opinion, but I will leave a video at the end for you to watch and judge for yourself.
Mahler was an Austrian composer who wrote his masterpieces around the late-romantic era of classical music. This spans from about 1880 until his death in 1911. Like most great composers, his music tells stories of human life and most of the time, their own personal, yet TRAGIC lives. It's unfortunate that tragedy brings out the best in them. Nonetheless, his music was nothing short of genius.
Perhaps you have never heard of his name, but maybe the "Resurrection Symphony" rings a bell? Maybe not. But it's okay, because I will give you an absolutely amazing example at the end of this hub. As aforementioned, the "Resurrection Symphony" or "Mahler's Second Symphony" has been deemed as one of the greatest in musical history. When listening to this symphony, it becomes emotionally tolling as it really begins to make you feel as if you understand the pain and passion that Mahler felt when composing this epic story. As the title entails, the symphony is based on resurrection, the beauty of life and death, and how horrible human nature can make people react. I know you may be wondering why I haven't really discussed any of his other works and it's just because there is so much that he puts into his music. His second symphony is by far my favorite, but I recommend looking at YouTube videos of his other compositions as well.
Why Isn't He Popular to Most People?
You're probably wondering why you might have never heard of him, so what makes him so great? In this day in age, most of the population doesn't enjoy classical music, including Mahler, as they did around 100 years ago. I believe this is a true tragedy in society today because there is so much work, passion, and REAL musical genius that doesn't exist as it once did. But those who appreciate it realize the amazing power of this type of music. When you listen to Mahler's music you can feel where the music is taking you and how powerful the ride is to the finale of the symphony. I think it is time that you take a second and appreciate the music that I will show you and with an open mind, judge for yourself if you too believe Gustav Mahler is a musical genius.
Just as promised! Here is a YouTube video of Gustavo Dudamel, conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducting this great musical piece of work. Skip to about 1:27:00! :)