This first sample is the very beginning of the orchestral song
“Abschied” (Farewell), from Gustav Mahler’s hour-long song cycle Das Lied
von der Erde, composed in 1908. The ominous bell-like sound here is produced
by contrabassoon, horns, harp, gong, cellos, and double-basses.

The second sample is the first few seconds of Graeme Downes’
“Slow Sad Love Song.”


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