History Music / GustavMahler

28th Dec '16 5:25:36 AM ParanoiaAgent
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* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Mahler had a sister, Justine. Mahler's wife Alma hated her and [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling accused her of being exploitative of her brother's naivity]].
* FriendlyRivalry: With [[Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra Richard Strauss]]. Mahler said [[NotSoDifferent they were digging towards the same summit from different sides of a mountain]].



* KavorkaMan: Described as this by his widow Alma. Also had the (unjust) reputation of being TheCasanova.

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* KavorkaMan: Described as this by his widow Alma.Alma Mahler-Werfel. Also had the (unjust) reputation of being TheCasanova.


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* TheMentor: To Music/ArnoldSchoenberg and like-minded. He actually was friends with Schoenberg. But since Mahler had shades of DrillSergeantNasty, [[RageAgainstTheMentor they had hot-headed arguments]]. According to Alma, Mahler was GenreSavvy enough to know that Schoenberg [[TakeUpMySword will eventually built on Mahler's innovations and herald a new age of classical music]]. During Schoenberg's "Skandalkonzerte" he always defended his friend. Keep in mind, [[BadassTeacher these arguments sometimes ended in fistfights of pro and contra-Schoenberg]].
26th Dec '16 3:50:37 AM ParanoiaAgent
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* IllBoy: Like his siblings, he inherited a weak heart from his mother.
26th Dec '16 3:37:35 AM ParanoiaAgent
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* KavorkaMan: Described as this by his widow Alma. Also had the (unjust) reputation of being TheCasanova.
20th Nov '16 4:42:33 PM mlsmithca
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Austrian composer and conductor (7 July 1860 - 18 May 1911), one of the last of the Romantic era.

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Austrian composer and conductor (7 July 1860 - 18 May 1911), one of the last of the Romantic era.
4th Sep '16 11:15:33 PM Kalmbach
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* EverythingIsAnInstrument: The infamous ''Mahlerhammer'' in the 6th symphony is a large wooden hammer, used as a percussive instrument. Also needs [[Creator/ChristopherWalken more cowbell]] in the finale.

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* EverythingIsAnInstrument: The infamous ''Mahlerhammer'' in the 6th symphony is a large wooden hammer, hammer slammed against a wooden platform or box, used as a percussive instrument. Also needs [[Creator/ChristopherWalken more cowbell]] in the finale.


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* ScareChord: After the third movement of his 1st Symphony quietly fades out, the fourth movement starts with a rapid ''Crash-Screech-'''''BOOM!''' to jolt the audience out of their seats and make them pay attention again, while the final movement of the 2nd Symphony starts with a quick figure in the low strings and then a shrill, dissonant chord Mahler called the ''Ruf des Schmerzes'' ("Scream of Anguish"). [[EarnYourHappyEnding Both symphonies get better, though.]]
4th Sep '16 11:06:20 PM Kalmbach
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* DramaticTimpani: Used very quietly in the third movement of his 1st Symphony (emphasizing the motif of the descending fourth interval that ties the four movements together) and to accompany the fanfares in the fourth movement, and [[SubvertedTrope played very slowly]] at the end of the 3rd Symphony.
15th Dec '15 3:07:35 PM Morgenthaler
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->''"[[NeverAcceptedInHisHometown I am thrice homeless]], as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, and [[WanderingJew as a Jew throughout the world]]. [[TheWoobie Everywhere an intruder, never welcomed.]]"''

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->''"[[NeverAcceptedInHisHometown I ->''"I am thrice homeless]], homeless, as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, and [[WanderingJew as a Jew throughout the world]]. [[TheWoobie world. Everywhere an intruder, never welcomed.]]"''"''
15th Dec '15 3:07:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* EscapedFromHell: Mahler's First Symphony details the life of a hero, including his funeral in the third movement. The final movement is him fighting his way out of Hell to ascend to Heaven.
9th Sep '15 8:11:13 PM mlsmithca
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* ThePowerOfLove: Strong believer of this, and considered God and Love to be one and the same. With the exception of the 6th, ''Das Lied von der Erde'', and the 9th symphony, his symphonies end in either a massive blaze of glory (Nos.1, 2, 5, 7, 8) or complete serenity (Nos.3, 4) in the finale, representing the victory of love over suffering.

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* ThePowerOfLove: Strong believer of this, and considered God and Love to be one and the same. With the exception of the 6th, No.4 (which ends serenely), No.6 (which ends brutally), ''Das Lied von der Erde'', Erde'' (which ends bleakly), and the 9th symphony, No.9 (which simply fades away), his symphonies end in either a massive blaze of glory (Nos.1, 2, 5, 7, 8) or complete serenity (Nos.3, 4) in the finale, representing the victory of love over suffering.
5th Sep '15 9:05:09 AM mlsmithca
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[[AuthorExistenceFailure Mahler died before he could complete his Tenth Symphony]]. Interestingly, he had feared exactly this: he believed in the "Curse of the Ninth", which states that a composer has to die after completing his/her ninth symphony, as had happened to Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, Music/FranzSchubert[[labelnote:*]] sort of; in Mahler's lifetime, Schubert was only seen as having written eight symphonies, as the symphony now known as No.7 only exists in sketch form[[/labelnote]], Anton Bruckner[[labelnote:*]] if one ignores two early symphonies, now known as No.00 and No.0[[/labelnote]], and Music/AntoninDvorak[[labelnote:*]] except that the symphonies now known as Nos.1-4 were not published until after Mahler (and, more importantly, Dvorak himself) had died[[/labelnote]], and as later happened to Ralph Vaughan Williams. Mahler tried to subvert the Curse by not numbering ''Das Lied von der Erde'' (''The Song of the Earth''). [[SelfFulfillingProphecy This would have been his ninth symphony]][[labelnote:*]] although the use of the term "symphony" to refer to the work is somewhat contentious[[/labelnote]], making the Ninth his actual 10th. It seems the Curse of the Ninth only goes after numbered symphonies...

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[[AuthorExistenceFailure Mahler died before he could complete his Tenth Symphony]]. Interestingly, he had feared exactly this: he believed in the "Curse of the Ninth", which states that a composer has to die after completing his/her ninth symphony, as had happened to Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, Music/FranzSchubert[[labelnote:*]] Music/FranzSchubert[[note]] sort of; in Mahler's lifetime, Schubert was only seen as having written eight symphonies, as the symphony now known as No.7 only exists in sketch form[[/labelnote]], form[[/note]], Anton Bruckner[[labelnote:*]] Bruckner[[note]] if one ignores two early symphonies, now known as No.00 and No.0[[/labelnote]], 0[[/note]], and Music/AntoninDvorak[[labelnote:*]] Music/AntoninDvorak[[note]] except that the symphonies now known as Nos.1-4 were not published until after Mahler (and, more importantly, Dvorak himself) had died[[/labelnote]], died[[/note]], and as later happened to Ralph Vaughan Williams. Mahler tried to subvert the Curse by not numbering ''Das Lied von der Erde'' (''The Song of the Earth''). [[SelfFulfillingProphecy This would have been his ninth symphony]][[labelnote:*]] symphony]][[note]] although the use of the term "symphony" to refer to the work is somewhat contentious[[/labelnote]], contentious[[/note]], making the Ninth his actual 10th. It seems the Curse of the Ninth only goes after numbered symphonies...



* BreakTheBadass: The whole point of the forth movement of the ''Tragic'' is to send the [[WorldOfHam ridiculously large orchestra]] through a series of twists of fate represented by hammer strokes until it gives up after [[RuleOfThree the third one]].

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* BreakTheBadass: The whole point of the forth fourth movement of the ''Tragic'' is to send the [[WorldOfHam ridiculously large orchestra]] through a series of twists of fate represented by hammer strokes until it gives up after [[RuleOfThree the third one]].



* DeadpanSnarker
-->'''Critic''': I trust you weren't offended by my negative critique of your recent symphony.
-->'''Mahler''': You just don't understand my music.
-->'''Critic''': You weren't of the same opinion when I praised your previous work.
-->'''Mahler''': You are quite mistaken. [[TakeThatCritics You didn't understand me when you praised me, either.]]

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* DeadpanSnarker
-->'''Critic''':
DeadpanSnarker:
** Mahler didn't think much of his critics.
--->'''Critic''':
I trust you weren't offended by my negative critique of your recent symphony.
-->'''Mahler''':
symphony.\\
'''Mahler''':
You just don't understand my music.
-->'''Critic''':
music.\\
'''Critic''':
You weren't of the same opinion when I praised your previous work.
-->'''Mahler''':
work.\\
'''Mahler''':
You are quite mistaken. [[TakeThatCritics You didn't understand me when you praised me, either.]]
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