Performer’s Perspective- DLvdE, beginnings and endings, connections and contradictions

Gustav Mahler is a composer whose music again and again finds connectivity in contrast and contradiction. His music is full of starkly contrasting opposites, and yet he always seems to find connection and unity between light and dark, fast and slow, happy and sad, and beginnings and endings. Mahler had a greater gift than almost […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Is Mahler’s music hard(er) to conduct?

“Is Mahler’s music more difficult to conduct than that of other composers?” When I was asked this question just the other day it was by no means for the first time. It is not hard to understand why a listener might suspect that Mahler’s music is harder to conduct than that of most other composers- […]

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