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YMMV / Gustav Mahler

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  • Awesome Music: Mahler is considered one of the finest symphonic composers of all time.
  • Broken Base: His 8th, the "Symphony of a Thousand". Many were overwhelmed by the sheer epicness and life-affirming nature of the work, others (such as Theodor W. Adorno) found it tasteless and pretentious.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Mahler's song cycle "Kindertotenlieder," literally "Songs on the Death of Children," is already every bit as heartbreaking as you would expect. Some years after the piece was completed, Mahler's own four-year-old daughter tragically died of scarlet fever. He wrote to a friend, "I placed myself in the situation that a child of mine had died. When I really lost my daughter, I could not have written these songs any more."
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  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Count the times you utter "holy shit" during listening to Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major.
  • True Art Is Angsty


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