Mahler: Song of the Night

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Mahler’s Symphony No. 7, also known as “Song of the Night,” highlights one of the darker chapters in the Austrian composer’s life. After leaving his Vienna State Orchestra conductorship and dealing with the subsequent upheaval, Mahler was also faced with his daughter’s passing and the discovery that he himself had an incurable heart disease. Consequently, Mahler was moved to transform the previously cheery Symphony No. 7 into a piece sprinkled with pessimistic undertones. In spite of these last-minute revisions, the dusk-to-dawn imagery of the composition still concludes with a boisterous fifth movement. Mahler reintroduces the progressive tonality revered in his previous works, as well as a thunderous fanfare bolstered by eclectic instrumentation that ranges from cowbell to mandolin. Illustrating the figurative and literal power of the rising sun, what could have been Mahler’s most sobering composition is a masterfully crafted tale reinforced by his signature trademarks and a surprising theme of hope. 

—Matt Fox

Sat, Jan 11 | 8:00 PM
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
All ages
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Nashville Symphony

Nashville TN  |  Classical

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