Symphony No. 9

History Symphony No. 9
Composed Performances by Gustav Mahler
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The work was premiered on 26-06-1912, at the Vienna Festival by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bruno Walter (1876-1962). Versions
Introduction Symphony No. 9

Symphony No. 9 by Gustav Mahler was written between 1908 and 1909, and was the last symphony he completed. Though the work is often described as being in the key of D major, the tonal scheme of the symphony as a whole is progressive. While the opening movement is ...
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Listening Guide - Symphony No. 9
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By Lew Smoley

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Movement 1: Andante comodo

The first movement embraces a loose sonata form. The key areas provide a continuation of the tonal juxtaposition displayed in earlier works (notably the Symphonies No. 6 and No. 7). The work opens with a hesitant, syncopated rhythmic motif (which Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) suggested is a depiction of Mahler's ...
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Movement 2: Im Tempo eines gemachlichen Landlers. Etwas tappisch und sehr derb

The second movement is a series of dances, and opens with a rustic Ländler, which becomes distorted to the point that it no longer resembles a dance. It contains shades Mahler's Symphony no.4, Movement 2: In gemächlicher Bewegung, in the distortion of a traditional dance into a bitter and ...
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Movement 3: Rondo-Burleske: Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig

The third movement, in the form of a rondo, displays the final maturation of Mahler's contrapuntal skills. It opens with a dissonant theme in the trumpet which is treated in the form of a double fugue. The following five-note motif introduced by strings in unison recalls of Symphony No ...
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Movement 4: Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zuruckhaltend

The final movement, marked zurückhaltend ("very slowly and held back"; literally, "reservedly"), opens with only strings. Commentators have noted the similarity of the opening theme in particular to the hymn tune Eventide (Abide With Me is a well-known Christian hymn composed by Henry Francis Lyte in 1847).

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Orchestration Symphony No. 9

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