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“We are in the world of Mahler where musical references and symbolism play a role,” Thomas Dausgaard, guest conductor of the Seattle Symphony, says of Mahler’s 10th symphony.

Although ultimately left unfinished, at the time it was written it reflected his tumultuous relationship with his wife Alma, who was unfaithful to him. The turmoil that Mahler struggled with and eventually overcame is, therefore, represented throughout the piece. Hear it performed by the Seattle Symphony under Thomas Dausgaard, from 8 to 10 p.m. on KUAF.

In 1824 composer Franz Schubert writes, in a letter to his friend, that he has “not written many new songs,” a claim that is just one example of how hard Schubert was on himself, as he had written his Octet and two string quartets prior to this letter, and they went on to be some of the greatest chamber pieces of his career.

Flemish composer Arthur Meulemans was inspired by his landscape in his "Fir Symphony" with movements named "Moonlit Night - summer haze hangs over the meadows and over the river Demer - four little trees strangely illuminated - horsemen in the night," "The fir trees gently rustling in their mysterious loneliness," "Midnight Dance of gnomes and nymphs," and "The rays of morning light shine on the fir-tress." Catch a recording of this magestic piece on Friday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen.