Gustav Mahler - 1897

from Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte., page 297:

The way in which I received the inspiration for this is deeply characteristic of the essence of artistic creation. For a long time I had been thinking of introducing the chorus in the last movement and only my concern that it might be taken for a superficial imitation of Beethoven made me procrastinate again and again. About this time Bülow died, and I was present at his funeral. The mood in which I sat there, thinking of the departed, was precisely in the spirit of the work I had been carrying around within myself at that time. The chorus in front of the organ intoned the Klopstock chorale …   more >>
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Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte (ed.), Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte. (New York, 1979), p. 297. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424771388901 accessed: 29 July, 2021

Listeners

Gustav Mahler
Composer, Conducting
1860-1911

Listening to

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Klopstock chorale “Auferstehn!”

Experience Information

Date/Time 1897
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Notes

Letter from Gustav Mahler to Arthur Seidl, critic and writer on music, Hamburg, February 17, 1897. In this letter he describes a listening experience that gave him inspiration to compose the choral part of his Second Symphony.


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