A Tragic Fanfare


Parade Ground
Military signals, fanfares, and marches in Mahler's music express a full gamut of emotion, from triumph to tragedy.
"The military band was the passion of my childhood."
  • In the first movement of the Ninth Symphony, Mahler employs a fanfare. But rather than a herald or a military signal, this fanfare suggests tragedy.

  • The savage bare fifths of the trumpet call change the mood of the triplet motive that turns chromatically in the bass line. The figure now bristles with anger and determination.