Why Mahler?

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Why Mahler?

Why Mahler?

How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed the World

  • Author: Norman Lebrecht
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571260802
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
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A century after his death, Gustav Mahler is the most important composer of modern times. Displacing Beethoven as a box-office draw, his music offers more than the usual listening satisfactions. Many believe it has the power to heal emotional wounds and ease the pain of death. Others struggle with the intellectual fascination of its contradictory meanings. Long, loud and seldom easy, his symphonies are used to accompany acts of mourning and Hollywood melodramas. Sometimes dismissed as death-obsessed, Mahler is more alive in the 21st century than ever before. Why Mahler? Why does a Jewish musician from a land without a name capture the yearnings and anxieties of post-industrial society? Is it the music, it is the man, or is it the affinity we feel with his productive peak - a decade when Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Joyce and Mahler reconfigured the ways we understand life on earth? In this highly original account of Mahler's life and work, Norman Lebrecht - renowned writer, critic and cultural commentator - explores the Mahler Effect, a phenomenon that reaches deep into unsuspecting lives, altering the self-perceptions of world leaders, finance chiefs and working musicians. Why Mahler? is a multi-layered exploration of the role that music plays as a soundtrack to our lives.

Gustav Mahler

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Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler

The Wunderhorn Years : Chronicles and Commentaries

  • Author: Donald Mitchell
  • Publisher: Boydell Press
  • ISBN: 9781843830030
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 515
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Donald Mitchell's second book on the life and work of Gustav Mahler examines the fruitful years of the First to the Fourth Symphonies, as well as the earlier song cycles from the Gesellen lieder to the magical Ruckert songs.

Reading Mahler

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Reading Mahler

Reading Mahler

German Culture and Jewish Identity in Fin-de-siècle Vienna

  • Author: Carl Niekerk
  • Publisher: Camden House
  • ISBN: 1571134670
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 312
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Examines literary, philosophical, and cultural influences on Mahler's thought and work from the standpoint of the composer's position in German-Jewish culture.

Margaret Mahler

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Margaret Mahler

Margaret Mahler

A Biography of the Psychoanalyst

  • Author: Alma Halbert Bond
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 9780786482559
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 251
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Margaret Mahler was from a young age intrigued by the theories of Sigmund Freud and Hungarian psychoanalysts such as Sandor Ferenzci, with whom she became acquainted while a student in Budapest. Forced to flee Europe and rising anti–Semitism, Margaret and her husband, Paul, came to the United States in 1938. It was after this move that Mahler performed her most significant research and developed concepts such as the ground-breaking theory of separation-individuation, an idea which was given credence by Mahler’s own relationship with her father. This volume details the life and work of Margaret Mahler focusing on her life’s ambition—her psychoanalytical work. Her experiences with the Philadelphia Institute and her definitive research through the Masters Children’s Clinic are also discussed.

Gustav Mahler

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Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler

The Symphonies Paperback

  • Author: Constantin Floros
  • Publisher: Amadeus Press
  • ISBN: 1574672657
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 368
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(Amadeus). Mahler's 10 symphonies and Das Lied von der Erde are intensely personal statements that have touched wide audiences. This survey examines each of the works, revealing their programmatic and personal aspects, as well as Mahler's musical techniques.

Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

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Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

  • Author: Seth Monahan
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0190266465
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 296
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Why would Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), modernist titan and so-called prophet of the New Music, commit himself time and again to the venerable sonata-allegro form of Mozart and Beethoven? How could so gifted a symphonic storyteller be drawn to a framework that many have dismissed as antiquated and dramatically inert? Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas offers a striking new take on this old dilemma. Indeed, it poses these questions seriously for the first time. Rather than downplaying Mahler's sonata designs as distracting anachronisms or innocuous groundplans, author Seth Monahan argues that for much of his career, Mahler used the inner, goal-directed dynamics of sonata form as the basis for some of his most gripping symphonic stories. Laying bare the deeper narrative/processual grammar of Mahler's evolving sonata corpus, Monahan pays particular attention to its recycling of large-scale rhetorical devices and its consistent linkage of tonal plot and affect. He then sets forth an interpretive framework that combines the visionary insights of Theodor W. Adorno-whose Mahler writings are examined here lucidly and at length-with elements of Hepokoski and Darcy's renowned Sonata Theory. What emerges is a tensely dialectical image of Mahler's sonata forms, one that hears the genre's compulsion for tonal/rhetorical closure in full collision with the spontaneous narrative needs of the surrounding music and of the overarching symphonic totality. It is a practice that calls forth sonata form not as a rigid mold, but as a dynamic process-rich with historical resonances and subject to a vast range of complications, curtailments, and catastrophes. With its expert balance of riveting analytical narration and thoughtful methodological reflection, Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas promises to be a landmark text of Mahler reception, and one that will reward scholars and students of the late-Romantic symphony for years to come.

The Mahler Symphonies

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The Mahler Symphonies

The Mahler Symphonies

Unlocking the Masters Series

  • Author: David Hurwitz
  • Publisher: Amadeus Press
  • ISBN: 1574673564
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 224
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(Unlocking the Masters). Since Gustav Mahler was rediscovered in the early 1960s, his symphonies have become arguably the most popular works in the modern orchestral repertoire. Mahler's Symphonies: An Owner's Manual is the first discussion of the ten completed symphonies (No. 1-9 plus "The Song of the Earth") to offer music lovers and record collectors a comprehensive overview of the music itself, what it sounds like, how it is organized, its form, content, and meaning, as it strikes today's listeners. The book caters to the novice as David Hurwitz describes what the listener will hear, section by section, using simple cues such as important instrumental solos, recognizable tunes, climaxes, and other easily audible musical facts. He explains how each work is arranged, how the various parts relate to each other, and how one work leads to the next. It describes the emotional extravagance that lies at the root of Mahler's popularity, the consistency of his symphonic thinking, the relationship of each work to its companions, and his dazzling and revolutionary use of orchestral instruments to create an expressive musical language that is varied in content and immediate in impact. The accompanying audio contains recordings from Symphony No. 1, Third Movement; Symphony No. 2, First Movement; Symphony No. 5, Third Movement ; and Symphony No. 7, Second Movement : "Nachtmusik I."

Deaths in Venice

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Deaths in Venice

Deaths in Venice

The Cases of Gustav von Aschenbach

  • Author: Philip Kitcher
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231536038
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 288
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Published in 1913, Thomas Mann's Death in Venice is one of the most widely read novellas in any language. In the 1970s, Benjamin Britten adapted it into an opera, and Luchino Visconti turned it into a successful film. Reading these works from a philosophical perspective, Philip Kitcher connects the predicament of the novella's central character to Western thought's most compelling questions. In Mann's story, the author Gustav von Aschenbach becomes captivated by an adolescent boy, first seen on the lido in Venice, the eventual site of Aschenbach's own death. Mann works through central concerns about how to live, explored with equal intensity by his German predecessors, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Kitcher considers how Mann's, Britten's, and Visconti's treatments illuminate the tension between social and ethical values and an artist's sensitivity to beauty. Each work asks whether a life devoted to self-sacrifice in the pursuit of lasting achievements can be sustained and whether the breakdown of discipline undercuts its worth. Haunted by the prospect of his death, Aschenbach also helps us reflect on whether it is possible to achieve anything in full awareness of our finitude and in knowing our successes are always incomplete.

Gustav Mahler

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Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler

  • Author: Hermann Danuser
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
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Gustav, Mahler

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Gustav, Mahler

Gustav, Mahler

Texts in German and English

  • Author: Gustav Mahler
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Librettos
  • Page: 30
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