10 Best: Symphony movements, no. 4

Everything But The Music


Symphony no 7, mvt. 1 by Gustav Mahler

How do you choose just one Mahler movement when literally 100% of them are the shit? I could have put the movements in a hat and just drawn one and went with it. And perhaps I’ll look back and regret not choosing the scherzo of the Fifth or the finale of the Ninth or Part 1 of the Eighth or the Adagio of the Fourth or…Jesus. So why the Seventh, arguably Mahler’s least understood and probably least popular completed symphony (see how those caveats allowed me to scrape by the Tenth and Das Lied? Smooth!)?

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