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Mozart and Mahler
January 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm
The Akron Symphony Orchestra presents one of Mozart's most well-known works, The Marriage of Figaro Overture, along with two declarations of love from the Romantic era: the Prelude from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde and Mahler's Symphony No. 5.
Did You Know?
Mozart’s overture to The Marriage of Figaro is perhaps the most well-known piece of music from the opera and is often played independently as a concert piece. In fact, it is the song played by Willy Wonka for the musical lock to the candy room in the 1971 film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. (Source: The Utah Review)
Mahler’s symphonies are works of confession that offer insight into one of the most fascinating and complex of modern minds. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)
The prelude to Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde has been described as “one of the most revolutionary pieces of music in all of human history and one noted for its ability to express the deep and painful yearning in all of humanity.” (Source: Opera Wire)
When he first saw a score for the prelude to Tristan and Isolde, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said, “I simply cannot bring myself to remain critically aloof from this music; every nerve in me is a-twitch, and it has been a long time since I had such a lasting sense of ecstasy.” (Source: Gramophone)
The enduring popularity of the Adagietto movement from Mahler’s Symphony No.5 certainly owes much to Luchino Visconti’s 1971 adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novella Death in Venice. (Source: Classic FM)