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I Hated Mahler – So This Is How I Tried To Understand His Music

Barton Swaim just didn’t get it. So he made another pass at the composer’s 9th symphony. “Mahler’s achievement, if I’m right, was to translate the things that make human life by turns fulfilling and painful, elegant and stupid—the tawdriness, the chaos, the dignity and comedy and splendor—into exquisitely beautiful works of art. They are overpowering […]
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