Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
GUSTAV MAHLER’S 4TH SYMPHONY
Last week, I heard the Minnesota Orchestra play Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G major. Halfway through, I was visited with a metaphor.
Osmo Vanska conducted the orchestra and a vocalist sang “Life in Heaven” in the third movement. As the composition captured my imagination, I saw Jesus conducting God’s music and directing those in the orchestra to play it. Violinists were given one score of music to play. Other sections had their own scores: cellos, flutes, oboes, drums, harps, and the rest. All in their own way were glorifying God.
And I thought, “what musical instrument am I and what is my part to play in God’s composition?” I think I relate best to the cello because it has a sorrowful, soulful sound, yet is pleasing to the ear and heart. How about you? I invite you to leave a comment.