Happy Birthday, Gustav Mahler

Mahler will always be one of my favorite composers. Very few composers have created music with as much beauty, depth, and power as Mahler. I remember sitting in my college dorm room, listening over and over to the Adagietto movement from his 5th Symphony, which is still one of my favorite pieces of music of all time. Another favorite has to be the finale of his Symphony No. 2 – perhaps the most glorious music I know! I love Mahler’s lyricism, his power, and his directness. His music has always inspired me and I know it will always be a huge influence on me and my own compositions. Here is the great Leonard Bernstein conducting the Adagietto from Symphony No. 5:

Here is Bernstein conducting the last few minutes of Symphony No. 2:

New Video Recordings on YouTube!

Live concert recording of the University of North Texas Wind Symphony performing Magnolia Star:

Live concert recording of the Iowa State University Symphonic Band performing Goodnight, Goodnight:

Live concert recording of the Texas Tech Concert Band performing Adagietto:


Garbage Trucks that Blast Classical Music!

Yes, I thought the same thing - AWESOME! In Taiwan, garbage trucks play music (mostly classical!) to let residents know the truck is en route to pickup their garbage. Residents need to hand deliver the garbage to the truck instead of leaving it on the sidewalk.  So, the music alerts them that it is "time to take out the trash."  Great stuff!

Music continues to make the world a better, cleaner place!

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