Friday, May 16, 2008

Mahler's "Symphony of a Thousand"

I attended an inworld discussion at the Music Academy Online about composer Gustav Mahler and his choral Symphony No. 8, also known as the "Symphony of A Thousand", due to the almost 850 chorus and symphony members needed to perform it. The moderator was Juniper Eames (RL: Judith Ecklemeyer), who is a professor emerita of music history at Cleveland State U. I had the privilege of hearing this rarely performed work almost two years ago in RL and I can honestly say the experience of being literally surrounded by the performers was amazing. The music samples we were listening to and having explained to us was performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Robert Shaw, who is considered one of the greatest choral conductors of all time. It is nice to be able to experience things like this inworld.

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