The 5 movements of the Second Symphony are represented by various objects in the sketch. The "Todtenfeier" is represented by the weeping figure. According to Mahler's narrative, the protagonist recalls a sweet moment in his life in the 2nd movement. As such, the 2nd movement is represented by the rose held by the mourner. The protagonist's moment of bliss is shattered in the 3rd movement when he recalls the turmoil of human existence, which is represented by the dates of the 2 World Wars written on the shaded side of the coffin. In this sketch, "Urlicht" is represented by the illuminated rose on the coffin, with the rose also being a reference to the first line of the Wunderhorn song. Finally, the glorious finale of the 5th movement is represented by the beam of light shining onto the coffin.
For your "Mad About Mahler" Valentine, you can do two things - create a Mahler display like Judith did or get your Mahler fix this Saturday at a theater near you with LA Phil LIVE and Mahler 8. Better yet, do both!
Valentine's Day is coming up - what do you get for your Mahler-mad sweetheart? Well, if you happen to be in Caracas, how about some Mahler Chocolates?
"I love the music of Gustav Mahler. Very close to my photostudio, there is one of the homes of Gustav. It is at Auenbruggergasse 2, in Vienna's third district just across from the Belvedere castle. There he lived with Alma when he was the director of the Vienna Opera.
I am passing by almost every day on my way to my studio, looking up to his apartment and being thankful for all the great music he gave us. I went to see Gustavo Dudamel's Mahler 9 with the LA Phil at the Musikverein last year - one of the best moments in my life!
Wishing you all the best for your Mahler Project and all the concerts in LA and Venezuela. Many greetings from Vienna!"