For musicians and music-lovers around the world, 2010 is a hugely important year. It’s the 150th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s birth. The name Gustav Mahler is more than enough to get the blood flowing for many people, especially brass players like myself. Mahler was a brilliant composer, and certainly never shied away from featuring the brass in important passages, like the bombastic, intimidating trombone solo from his Third Symphony, the haunting call of the trumpet to begin his Fifth Symphony, or the rarely-used tenor horn that listeners are treated to during his Seventh Symphony.
Over the course of the year, I plan to make several posts celebrating different aspects of Mahler’s life, music and legacy. He’s my favorite composer, and over the years this interest has grown from mere curiosity to borderline obsession. As I’ve learned more about music and how it works, I’ve become more impressed and enamored with the works of Mahler.
I’m a full-blown Mahlerian.
To start, I’d like to share a few resources to help get others started on the 150th Birthday Celebrations.
Tom Service: The Best Mahler on YouTube
The Guardian: Modern Composers on Mahler
Tom Service: How I Discovered Mahler
Armando Iannucci: Why I Love Mahler
“A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.”