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// Mahler’s “Urlicht” and the Second Symphony (Video)
Introduction, background information on the writers of text collection "Des Knaben Wunderhorn," and the influence of German nationalism in assembling the texts....
The "Volk" in 19th century German literature, the "Ur" concept of poetry, and literature apart from history and politics are all topics of dicussion....
Hampson and Stark-Voit discuss "Bildersprache" and other elements of 19th century German literature, as well as Mahler's relationship to that literature....
Hampson and Stark-Voit talk about Mahler's choice of texts and also discuss the compilers of "Des Knaben Wunderhorn": Achim von Armin and Clemens Brentano....
Stark-Voit and Hampson talk about the poem "Urlicht" (in Symphony No. 2.), "Bildersprache," Mahler's compositional process and relationship to performers....
Hampson and Stark-Voit discuss the genesis of the poem "Urlicht" and its piano reduction, the symbol of the rose, and the philosophy of the "Puppenstand."...
Stark-Voit describes her experience with the manuscript of Mahler's "Urlicht," including Brentano's poem written in the margin and its relationship to the song....
Hampson and Stark-Voit discuss “Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt” in the context of Symphony No. 2 and "Des Knaben Wunderhorn."...
Stark-Voit and Hampson discuss the idea of the “humoresque,” deconstruct the scherzo of Symphony No. 2, and address Mahler's compositional process....
Hampson and Stark-Voit discuss the angel figure in the poem "Urlicht," Gustav Mahler’s idea about the transcendence of life, and his prophetic and philosophical nature....