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Gustav Mahler was one of the great romantic era composers, perhaps the pinnacle of lyric orchestral music before the taste of the arts world began the long slide into today's atonal wasteland. He originally wrote this symphony in four movements; he envisioned a fifth movement with a chorus, but could not find appropriate words for the score. But when he attended the funeral of a friend, he was struck at the reading of the poem Die Auferstehung (The Resurrection). The lyrics to his fifth movement then more or less wrote themselves.
The lyrics are entirely appropriate to the Easter story, alas, less so for Palm Sunday:
Rise again, yes, rise again,
Will you My dust, After a brief rest!
Immortal life! Immortal life
Will He who called you, give you.Very Easter-ish. Ah, well. As I said, we must make due with what we have for today's Feast Day. But it is a marvelous piece.