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You decided! The special object for the topic „Unhappiness in love. Musical love song” is the 10th Symphony by Gustav Mahler. From 10 March 2020 the object will be shown at the State Hall. Thank you very much for your vote.

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Object 3: Gustav Mahler: 10th Symphony

Original Manuscript, 1910

Gustav Mahler was in the depths of his most serious marital crisis at the time of the composition of his 10th Symphony and he was dominated by the fear of losing his wife Alma as he worked. Ejaculations like "live for you! die for you!" make the autograph score a shattering biographical testimony. After sketching the first two movements, Mahler learned of his wife Alma's affair with the architect Walter Gropius, plunging him into deep despair. He sketched the remaining three movements and began working on the orchestration, completing only the first movement. The full score was never completed - Mahler stopped work on the symphony in September 1910 and was unable to resume it before he died of overwork and ill health in 1911.



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