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About This Performance
Often referred to as the “Song of the Night” (another nickname not endorsed by Mahler), the Seventh Symphony does have two movements called Nachtmusik, the second and the fourth, of five. The second movement opens with horns calling to each other across the mountain valleys. A rural mood is heightened by a gentle, rustic dance – typical of Mahler at his most carefree and childlike – as well as by woodwind birdcalls and the gentle clanking of distant cowbells. A solo violin introduces the fourth movement, in which a horn solo and the gentle tones of guitar and mandolin create a magical serenade character.
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