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Mahler—Symphony No. 5

Lecture no. 23 from the course: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

Mahler—Symphony No. 5

Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 47 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses

This groundbreaking work fuses the musical language of Romanticism with an entirely modern expressive content. Explore Mahler’s cultural milieu (including the influence of Freud and the ethos of Expressionism) as he develops the symphony as a medium for philosophical/spiritual contemplations. Track the Fifth Symphony’s unusual musical narrative, which depicts the rituals of death and the progressive states of the grieving process—its penetrating evocation of sadness, grief, intimate serenity, and ultimate rebirth.

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May 23, 2017

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b********m
May 22, 2017
Professor Greenberg is fantastic. I saw the Jacksonville Symphony perform Mahler's 2nd this weekend, prompting me to see if there was more on him in TGCP. Couldn't be happier. What a great course for anyone wanting to learn or re-learn about orchestral art.

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September 20, 2016

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