Mahler: Thus Far

We’ve taken the Mahler symphonies quite out of order so far. But Thursday’s piece is a big one. A big place filled by his smallest symphony. Let’s talk about that. In many of my other endeavors with other composers, I’ve … Continue reading Mahler: Thus Far

The favorite symphonies list

A musical scavenger hunt of sorts. “He’s making a list… he’s checking it…” oh, only about half a billion times.  I got this idea from this thread at Talk Classical which you may not be able to read without logging in.  This is essentially an exercise in musical sudoku. There is ZERO inherent quality that a first symphonies of multiple composers would have in common, save it being the first one they wrote. Prokofiev’s first as a kind of musical caricature is so different from the ambitious first symphonies of Brahms or Mahler or Rott (his only, as I know, thanks … Continue reading The favorite symphonies list