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Kirill Karabits

Catherine Foster

Symphony No.4

Symphony No.4

Mahler’s Fourth Symphony has been described as “an adventure of enchanted melodies and sounds, a progress from a pastoral landscape, where the grass still bore prints Haydn and Schubert had left, through scenes of shadow and sadness, dispelled by large shouts of joy, to a vision of untroubled happiness.” That vision of happiness comes most fully in a song “The Heavenly Life” which forms the astonishingly original finale and like the symphony overall, leads us to think of contrasts of Heaven and Earthly Life, serenity and agitation, simplicity and complexity.

Schubert himself gave his Fourth Symphony the name “tragic”. Possibly he did this in an unsuccessful attempt to attract the attention of publishers or impresarios. The work is not overtly tragic in nature. Both the outer movements start in the minor and are tempestuous and dramatic in character, but each ends triumphantly in the major key. Overall the form and scale of the symphony follow the models of Mozart and Haydn, but there is considerable innovation and originality in the harmonic ideas and tonality of the work.

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