Answer If you guessed Gustav Mahler, join the club. I would have too, if I didn't already know about Hans Rott, who wrote a symphony ten years before Mahler's 1st which has a few amazing similarities, the most striking to me being the Canonical-Mahler-Scherzo-Motif which shows up in Rott's scherzo. The two of them were friends... was it a case of mutual inspiration, or overt borrowing of ideas -- and of whom by who?

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