Mankind and Music, episode 5
“Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” (Gustav Mahler)
About the video
- Published online 29 August 2023.
- The video is approximately 30 minutes.
- Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.
Classical music – not only for “adults”. Music moves everyone, of all ages, and we know that people were making music at least 60,000 years ago. Music unites us and can evoke powerful emotions, bringing personal memories to life. “You go inside of yourself,” says one listener. In an auditorium, this is a shared experience. History shows that the power of music can constitute a political threat and be used as a political tool.
In this episode, we hear music by Gustav Mahler, Carl Nielsen, Tomaso Albinoni/Remo Giazotto, Ludwig van Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich and Allan Pettersson.
Mankind and Music is a series about western classical music with various themes. Why does music exist? What happens to us when we listen to music, and how are we affected by playing an instrument and making music with other people?