🎻♫♪ – Symphony No. 4 by Gustav Mahler

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75/501Title: Symphony No. 4
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Nationality: Bohemian

Given the busy week (okay, month) I’ve been needing some relaxing music to help with the resulting anxiety. There’s only so many ASMR recordings you can listen to after all. So we picked a classical piece at random – hoping it wouldn’t have the sense of foreboding that the last piece had. Hopes were definitely fulfilled, so thank you Mahler.

Listening to the opening of Mahler’s symphony, my thoughts turned to the ending theme of children’s cartoon Barbar. It was something in the lightness of the woodwinds that made me drift in that direction; a direction that eventually took me back to walking through the mountains near Freiburg when the wind was blowing lightly.

The actual basis of the piece, as well as the light soprano at the end, was actually a bit darker than my mind’s eye – instead meant to be a child’s idea of heaven. That alone doesn’t seem too dark, but any time I imagine a child thinking of heaven it’s because of something in relation to death.

Since this is Mahler’s fourth symphony, and is actually related to the previous three, I’m probably missing out on something by jumping straight to his fourth. We’ll get there eventually, but all in good time.

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