Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler


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Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler

We could think that Richard Wagner, the German composer born in 1813 dedicated to a lyrical genre, and Hitler's favourite composer, had nothing in common with Gustav Mahler, born in 1860 in Vienna, master and reformer of the Symphony, whose works were forbidden by the third Reich. However we would be wrong...

Indeed, Richard Wagner had a big influence on Mahler. Their orchestras were of gargantuan proportions, with many brass instruments, and they both liked silences and long-held melody tones, chromaticism... Mahler may have been born 50 years after Wagner, he contributed to his notoriety with Bruckner, by joining him against classicals. His symphonies, but also his numerous Lieder are jewels of post-romanticism, and modernism.

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