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AnPeter90

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Beginning of Mahler 2
Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:35 pm

This was bordering placement in the "too small to deserve its own thread" thread, but I came to the conclusion that it was big enough, and also could be applied to other things if they occurred in other scores.

So, Mahler's 2nd symphony begins forcefully and shockingly with the tremolo in upper strings and then the 16th passages in the celli and basses. It is this opening 4 bars I'm confused about.

The passage is notated in 16ths, at a pretty slow tempo. And yet, in almost, nay, every interpretation I have heard, they are played with utmost fury, and 32nds!

Now, do not get me wrong. I love this! It would sound much less explosive if the notes were given their written value. I just want to know what indicates this seemingly universal gesture among conductors and this piece!

Is it the "wild" given as direction to the low strings? Something else? Please do explain if you can. It has been eating me for years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2KcsjA_PEQ
 

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