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The Tortured Gustav Mahler and His Affecting Music

The composer and conductor Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) suffered a tortured life of loss. His affecting music may have been the answer to fill his void and help him find his direction. He married the beautiful 22-year-old Alma Maria Schindler in … Continue reading

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Samuel Barber, Gustav Mahler’s Fourth, and Soprano Barbara Shirvis

If one were to take the combination of Samuel Barber’s (1910-1981) “Adagio for Strings” and “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” for Soprano and Orchestra, op. 24, and Gustav Mahler’s (1860-1911) Symphony no. 4 in G major for Soprano and Orchestra at … Continue reading

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A Passion for Music – Emanuel Ax and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

What drives a composer to write music? A musician to perform? A conductor to lead? An audience to sit through two hours of music? Passion. To be passionate about music is a beautiful thing. As I sat through the Atlanta … Continue reading

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