Experiencing Mahler: A Listener’s Companion

Arved Ashby

Experiencing Mahler surveys the symphonies and major song sets of Gustav Mahler, presenting them not just as artworks but as vivid and deeply felt journeys.

Mahler took the symphony, perhaps the most tradition-bound genre in Western music, and opened it to the widest span of human experience.

He introduced themes of love, nature, the chasmic depth of midnight, making peace with death, facing rebirth, seeking one’s creator, and being at one with God.

Arved Ashby offers the non-specialist a general introduction into Mahler’s seemingly unbounded energy to investigate the elements that make each work an experiential adventure one that has redefined the symphonic genre in new ways.

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