THE MUSIC

Esa-Pekka Salonen

conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

in Gustav Mahler’s Adagio,

the first movement, of the unfinished 10th symphony,

the Adagietto, the fourth movement of the 5th symphony, and the “Ruhevoll,” the third movement of the 4th symphony. 


Additional music used in MAHLER AUF DER COUCH:


Excerpt from Wagner’s Walküre with soprano Nina Berten (on camera) with piano for 4 hands,

c minor fugue from Bach’s Well-Tempered Klavier,

and a song by Alma Mahler-Schindler “Ich wandle unter Blumen”


"What would Visconti's DEATH IN VENICE be with Mahler's Adagietto?"

Our film describes the reverberations of Alma's affair with Walter Gropius on her husband Gustav Mahler not only with words and images but very much also with music.


The encounter of Mahler and Freud receives it's full power, dimension and significance by the work that Mahler composed exactly at that time, his last summer, when he learned about his wife's adultery. It is the last piece of music that he was able to finish, the first movement of his 10th symphony. The desperate man scribbled Alma's name and pleas for help into his score.


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