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The World's Greatest Music
The great Europeans who captured the spirit of their homelands.
As a composer, Mahler's works are relatively few. For much of his life, composing was a part-time activity for him while he earned his living conducting – but he devoted as much of his holidays as possible to intense periods of composing. He wrote his fifth symphony in the summers of 1901 and 1902. ‘It’s a hugely emotional work,’ says Katherine. After its premiere, Mahler said, “Nobody understood it. I wish I could conduct the first performance fifty years after my death.” It became a well-loved classic after its use in the film, Death in Venice starring Dirk Bogarde - pictured.
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