I told you I went to the Philharmonie yesterday afternoon to hear/watch Mahler’s 5th Symphony. I said I would give more information so here it is.
Mahler wrote the first three sections of his 5th Symphony between spring and autumn in 1901. He was born 7 July 1860 as the second of twelve children. That made him 40 when he started the symphony. He was born a Jew but became a Roman Catholic in 1897. This was just after taking up the post of principle conductor of the Vienna State Orchestra. The religious change was largely a political decision.
Both show a deeply rising emotional temperature. They start in the gloom of a funeral march and rise to end in the glory of jubilant, hymn like harmony, like a blaze of bright sunshine. If you are interested to learn more and enjoy Mahler’s symphonies, then do a little reading and listen carefully.