Mahler V

56" x 53.5"
acrylic on Canvas
In Paula Arciniega's 'Mahler V,' the canvas resonates with the triumphant echoes of the symphony's opening trumpet call, a bold motif heralding the sun's ascent. Inspired by Mahler's melodic reference to the 'rising sun' from Rückert's poignant poetry, and with a nod to the Kindertotenlieder, 'Mahler V' weaves a vibrant tapestry of light and shadow. The trumpet's call, translated visually, becomes a beacon of hope and renewal, symbolizing the enduring brilliance that transcends personal sorrows.

Paula Arciniega's artistic prowess shines in 'Mahler V,' a testament to her ability to translate the majestic sounds of Mahler's composition into a visual masterpiece. The painting beckons viewers to immerse themselves in its dynamic interplay of color and form, echoing the symphony's melodic themes. Each brushstroke captures the essence of the 'rising sun,' inviting contemplation of the transformative power embedded within the symphony's enduring brilliance.

“Now the sun will rise As if nothing bad happened During the night! The tragedy only happened to me! The sun shines regardless! You must not clasp the night In your arms, You must steep it in eternal light! A little lamp went out in my home! All hail to the joyous light of the world!"

~ Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866)

Melodic Reference from Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children, 1902) reused by Mahler in Symphony No. 5, movement 1 "Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgehn" (Now the sun will rise as brightly)

World premiere: October 18, 1904, Cologne - conducted by the composer.
Mahler Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler

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