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"She's so gosh darn happy"

"Mahler's childhood was not idyllic: His first composition (age six) was a Polka with an introductory Funeral March."

—James Penrose, reviewing a new book about Mahler in the November New Criterion (not available online except to subscribers)


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Did I ever tell you about dancing the Polka?


Heh. That's a good beginning.

The funny thing is that his first symphony is rather similar.

No, not that I remember, Janet.

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