Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler was composed in 1901 and 1902, mostly during the summer months at Mahler's holiday cottage at Maiernigg. Among its most distinctive features are the trumpet solo that opens the work with a rhythmic motive similar to the opening of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, the horn solos in the third movement and the frequently performed Adagietto.

The musical canvas and emotional scope of the work, which lasts over an hour, are huge. The symphony is sometimes described as being in the key of C♯ minor since the first movement is in this key (the finale, however, is in D major). Mahler objected to the label: "From the order of the movements (where the usual first movement now comes second) it is difficult to speak of a key for the 'whole Symphony', and to avoid misunderstandings the key should best be omitted."

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Performances & Interviews

Upcoming BBC Events featuring Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor

BBC SSO 2019-20 Season: Mahler Symphony No.5
Glasgow City Halls
BBC SSO 2019-20 Season: Mahler Symphony No.5 in Edinburgh
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
BBC Philharmonic 2019-20 Season: Jeffrey Mumford/Mendelssohn/Mahler
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Anna Clyne, Saint‐Saëns and Mahler at Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Town Hall
Japan Tour 2019: Japan Prom 1: First Night of the Proms
Bunkamura, Toyko

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