Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Got Mahler?

The incessant clamor for more Mahler is beginning to effect my nerves unbearably. Alright, already. If the Adagietto from no. 5 doesn't quiet you down, I don't know what will.

But we have some options here:

The Adagietto with no frills, just a photo of Mahler to stare at. But unlike the clips below, it has the whole movement.

The Adagietto as background music to a nice monochrome video presentation dedicated to London. But it is only an excerpt of the movement, and cuts off the last half rather brutally (I thought).

The Adagietto as background music to a rather spectacular video presentation of Gustav Klimt's art. (Content Warning) Also a bit clipped at the end, but only a bit.

The Adagietto was also famous as the background music for Visconti's film adaptation of Death in Venice (a ponderous, glacial and somewhat over-rated flick, in my Philistinian opinion).


Athos said...

Herr Mahler seems to transmit the transcendent for you, Porthos.

Musis IS a mighty medium for beauty. I wonder if those sated on rap, hip-hop and the like can experience such beauty? Or, have their musical "taste-buds" been burned out?

Athos said...

I like the Klimt art, but wonder why someone compiled it with the Mahler. Ideas?

Porthos said...

Sorry, Porthos has been out of port for a bit!

Klimt and Mahler were contemporaries and both Vienna artists. Klimt admired Mahler and even did a painting of the composer as a knight in golden armor. I don't know if the feeling was mutual. In fact, I've just given you my sum total of my knowledge on the Klimt/Mahler connection . . .

If you go to Vienna (highly recommended!) Klimt and Mahler are sort of signiatures of the city now, though it was and to some extent still is a stuffy, hide-bound metropolis that frowned on both of them (and throw in a pretty generous portion of anti-semitism in Mahler's case).

Looking at the pictures, Klimt is really good with landscapes, especially trees, water and flowers. Haven't formed a judgment on his representations of women, though love/ecstasy is what he's famous for depicting. (Maybe I'm doing a bit of near-occassion-for-sin avoidance . . .)

In principle I'm not against hip-hop (street poetry over funky cross-rhythms). It's more the content I object to, rather than the form . . .

Porthos said...

Here it is (click to enlarge). It's a detail of the Beethoven Frieze. The knight is alleged to be a portrait of Mahler.


The thing is, the guy who made the clip went to all that trouble to put all those Klimt works together, and did a really nice job, but why didn't he just extend it 30-40 seconds to the very end of the movement? Maybe a bandwidth issue?