Forfatter: Pia Vigh

Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

“You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love,” artist Louise Bourgeoise wrote in her diary at the end of a long and illustrious life as she contemplated how solitude enriches…

Nothingness and perfection

“To find peace in the presence of the faultless is the desire of the one who seeks excellence; and is not nothingness a form of perfection?” This is my favourite Thomas Mann qoute – from “Der Tod in Venedig” (Udg.…

Barthes’ Punctum

The Punctum is a detail that pierces and punctures the heart. It is a strong emotional reaction that is unexpectedly found; that impacts our mind/memory, making us hold our breath. The Punctum can also be described as that part of…

The Ninth Symphony

The Ninth Symphony is the last work, that Mahler has finished. Like “Das Lied von der Erde”, Mahler’s Ninth Symphony endeavors to obtain a new independence of the several voices, which is reflected in the instrumentation and causes an broken,…

The Eighth Symphony

The Eight Symphony , also called “Die Symphonie der Tausend”, reckons with four-part double choir, boys’ choir eight solo voices and full orchestra. After having finished the composition, he wrote: “… It is the greatest thing that I have ever…

The Seventh Symphony

The Seventh brings the liberation from the mental agony of the Sixth Symphony. Here, no struggles were fought out, but contrasts were compares all of the sudden. Also for this symphony Mahler demands again some unusual instruments: tenor horn (a…

The Sixth Symphony

The programmatic content of this symphony can be described as the struggle for existence of the wanting, creative man against the inexorability of destiny, which ends catastrophically with the undoing of the hero. Among all of Mahler’s symphonies, the Sixth…

The Fifth Symphony

The first movement TTrauermarsch” – funeral march – (With measured steps. Severe. Like a conduct) is thematically and formally an integral part of the second. The powerful scherzo, which Mahler considered to be the most important movement of the symphony,…

The Fourth Symphony

Initially, the first movement was called “Die Welt als ewige Jetztzeit” and is so a pendant to the finale. The initial title of the second movement, “Freund Hein spielt auf”, is missing in the partition. It is replaced by the…