We were one week away from performing this piece when orchestras across the country were forced to cancel concerts. LGSO players had already connected with this music in a profound way, and we plan to perform the work at some point in the near future. In the meantime, this music remains fresh on our minds, in our fingers, and on pause. Mahler himself says “A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.” As I continue to dive into this piece, I’m observing all of the many ways the 3
rd movement can reflect the state of our world. There are moments of absolute stillness, places where the music cries out in agony, a triumphant fanfare, and a gentle rising motive of hope that Mahler borrowed from his own “Resurrection” Symphony.