Mahler’s first

My music is, throughout and always, but a sound of nature.

— Gustav Mahler

From the hushed ‘nature sounds’ of its opening:


by way of a stroll across the fields, a peasant dance, a Viennese waltz, a mock-ironic huntsman’s funeral (with a goodish dollop of tongue-in-cheek schmaltz thrown in) to a final emotional tornado, ending with this exultant transformation of the quiet woodwind opening (seven horns pealing out across the orchestra!) :

Finale coda

(Ricardo Muti with the Philadelphia Orchestra (EMI 5 749632))

… Mahler’s First gave the world of music notice of the arrival of a major new symphonist.

Hunter funeral

Course materials:

List of works

Below (still there!) is some general stuff – useful for intervals, key signatures, etc.


Cycle of 5ths

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