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Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E minor

Gustav Mahler
B. July 7, 1860 in Kalischt (now Kališteˇ), Bohemia
D. May 18, 1911 in Vienna, Austria

The Seventh Symphony continues certain patterns of musical discourse established in Gustav Mahler’s previous two works in this form. Its broad structural outlines resemble those of the Fifth Symphony. Like that work, the present composition is in five movements which include a complex opening, a scherzo as its centerpiece, a tender slow movement, and a Rondo-Finale marked by contrapuntal combining of themes and the reappearance of material heard earlier in the composition. The Seventh Symphony is linked to its immediate predecessor, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, mainly by way of the striking similarity of several of its themes. READ MORE

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