Gustav Mahler : An Era Of Musical Progression

1401 Words Mar 7th, 2015 6 Pages
Inspiration, idealistic, caustic, unorthodox, assertive, ambiguous, Gustav Mahler has astonished the world with symphonies ranging in violence to tenderness throughout the 20th century. During an era of musical progression in fin-de-siécle, an anxious mood, Mahler, a conductor and composer, took an inherent stance in composition. Even though much of his musical works weren’t popular until 40 years after his death, the discovery of his ingenious talents were unparalleled to other composers of that time. His role in war and revolutionary music has led to advancements in orchestral repertoire in his career as an opera conductor across Vienna. A unique sound in his nine full symphonies of various forms of Romanticism made him a pioneer of compositional techniques that refined music and influenced Arnold Schoenberg, Benjamin Britten, Dmitry Shostakovich, and other artists that have contributed to revolutionary music.

Mahler’s life began in Kaliště, Bohemia of Austrian Empire, on July 7, 1860. He was born Jewish and part of a German-speaking minority, as opposed to the Czech population. Because of anti-Semitic discrimination, that was becoming increasingly popular in that region, he had fewer opportunities than most Aryan Germans. His interest in music first sparked as early as 4 years old after he assembled common melodies on a piano from his grandmother’s attic. At this age, his talent in military music is also observed as he indulged in a folk song he heard near barracks by…
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