The Symphonies of Gustav Mahler

Matthew Mugmon
Tuesdays 2 PM - 4 PM
January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 2024
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The Symphonies of Gustav Mahler

Spring 2024
In Session
2 PM - 4 PM
January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 2024

Course Format: 



Main Campus



The monumental symphonies of Gustav Mahler (1860–1911), which have captivated and challenged musicians and audiences for more than a hundred years, stand as landmark works of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. In each of the unique works, Mahler drew heavily on the established Romantic musical tradition but also expanded the landscape of the symphony as a musical genre in unprecedented ways. Primarily through lectures and listening to recordings of excerpts, we will explore all ten of Mahler’s completed symphonies (including Das Lied von der Erde) to consider their compositional circumstances, inner musical workings, broader meanings, and reception. In doing so, we will investigate the inspirations behind these unique works, which include Mahler’s own experiences and other works by Mahler himself and his colleagues and predecessors. We will also discover how each of these symphonies shaped the works of later 20th-century composers, flourished (and at times floundered) in the concert hall, and permeated popular culture.

Meet Your Professor

Associate Professor
Fred Fox School of Music

MATTHEW MUGMON is an Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Arizona and has served as the New York Philharmonic's Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence. He published Aaron Copland and the American Legacy of Gustav Mahler and many scholarly articles. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard.


  • All classes will be delivered on-campus and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
  • On-Campus classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in-person classes is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All students enrolled to attend in person also have complete online access and may choose to attend one or all class sessions remotely if desired.
  • Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. A high-speed internet connection and a device capable of running Zoom are required to connect. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
  • Class Recordings - All HSP classes are recorded and available for every enrolled student to watch for the duration of the course and one month after the last class session. This option is offered to aid students who cannot attend the live class times but desire to enroll and participate asynchronously. We hope this option also aids students who are traveling or have a necessary appointment that conflicts with a class session to stay connected and engaged with the course material.


Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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