Mahler’s 3rd Symphony
So much of what we post on political economy has such a logical air about it that it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the heart of the matter isn’t accounting or finance or trade balances; it’s about life itself, freedom, passion, humanity, and all that we feel from the inside. I think that only music comes close to really capturing it. Here’s Mahler’s 3rd Symphony performed by the Vienna Philharmonic and conducted by Leonard Bernstein back in 1973.
It’s a theme piece of six movements that deals with knowledge from different levels: 1st: life or nature awakening; 2nd: what plants tell me; 3rd: what animals tell me; 4th: what man tells me; 5th: what angels tell me; 6th: what love tells me. The 2nd through 5th movements come from outside at progressively higher levels, the last from inside.
The whole symphony is tremendous but I especially recommend listening to the finale which begins at about 1:17.