Gustav Mahler, The Arduous Road to Vienna (1860-1897)

This long awaited revised volume I completes Henry-Louis de La Grange's four-volume English language biography of the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (1860–1911), which is widely considered to be the definitive work on the subject. The present instalment, covering the years 1860 to 1897, traces the life and career of Mahler from his birth in a small village in Bohemia to his appointment to the Vienna Hofoper, then the most prestigious opera house in the world. It describes his family background, his student days at the Vienna Conservatory, his private life, and his burgeoning career as both conductor and composer. Starting at a small summer theatre in Bad Hall, his first engagements took him to Laibach (Ljubljana), Olmütz (Olomouc), Kassel, Prague, and Leipzig, before he was appointed to principal posts at the important opera houses of Budapest (1888) and Hamburg (1891). By now Mahler had also begun to establish himself as a composer. Some of his major works – starting with «Das Klagende Lied» (1881) – the early «Wunderhorn» songs, «Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen», and the first three symphonies date from this period of his life. While regularly rejected by contemporary critics, today they are favourites of the concert repertoire.
Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Biografía con música de Mahler.

Here is the story of an orchestra director told as if you would narrate the biography of an astronaut or a novelist, an explorer or a scientist; is a count, yes, of life experiences, but above all is a life teaching, of loyalty to the language that gives sense to what is thought and manifested, desired and built. On this pages you can discover the authentic and sincere road of an art worker, of culture. Before an histrionic character, a public figure, Diemecke reveals himself as master and student of his aesthetic tasks, of his daily and transcendental labour on the perpetual learning of music.
Alma Mahler, or, The Art of Being Loved

In Alma Mahler, Francoise Giroud provides a spirited portrait of one of Europe's great femme fatales, ranging from her childhood (she was raised on a steady diet of Nietzche) to her heyday as a leading figure in Europe's art scene, to her later life as an exile in California and New York. We meet a woman of remarkable beauty and unconventional mind, the possessor of a fine, demanding intelligence, who was highly conscious of herself as a member of the elite, a woman never truly conquered by her lovers.
Alma Rose: Vienna to Auschwitz (Amadeus)

Alma Rosé's tragic story, from her birth and youth in the exalted musical circles of Vienna (her father was leader of the Vienna Philharmonic, her uncle was Gustav Mahler) to her death at Auschwitz, first came to public attention through the 1980 film Playing for Time. As leader of the only women's orchestra in the Nazi camps, by force of her will and spirit, she molded a terrified group of young musicians into an ensemble that became their sole hope of survival. And although Alma herself died of a sudden illness shortly before the liberation of the camps, she saved the lives of some four dozen members of the orchestra. In telling her full story for the first time, Richard Newman and Karen Kirtley honor her and the valiant prisoner-musicians for whom music meant life.
On achève bien Mahler (Littérature Française) (French Edition)

Gustav Mahler est mort en 1911. C’est du moins ce que croyait Cornelius Franz, chef à l’Opéra de Vienne. Quelle n’est donc pas sa surprise quand il sent frémir en lui un être qui lui parle, évoque le Juif errant, s’insinue dans ses gestes et colonise son esprit, dans le but avoué de lui faire achever sa 10e Symphonie, que sa mort physique l’a empêché de parfaire! Une intimité parfois heureuse et des moments de révolte animent alors les relations épuisantes de Gustav et de Cornelius, amené au bord de la folie dans ce parcours initiatique qui lui fait prendre conscience de son faible talent face au génie de Mahler.
Bruckner - Mahler - Schoenberg

The idea of this book originally came to me during my years of study with Arnold Schoenberg in Los Angeles. At that time I was first introduced to the most 'radical' works of Schoenberg-works virtually unknown in this country so far as public performances are concerned. I felt the need of a historical background which would explain the origins of the new style.
Bruno Walter: A World Elsewhere

Bruno Walter, one of the greatest conductors in the twentieth century, lived a fascinating life in difficult times. This engrossing book is the first full-length biography of Walter to appear in English. Erik Ryding and Rebecca Pechefsky describe Walter's early years in Germany, where his successes in provincial theaters led to positions at the Berlin State Opera and the Vienna State Opera. They then tell of his decade-long term as Bavarian music director and his romantic involvement with the soprano Delia Reinhardt; his other positions in the musical community until he was ousted from Germany when the Nazi Party came to power in 1933; and his return to Vienna, where he was artistic director of the Opera House until he was again forced out by the Nazis. Finally they trace his career in the United States, where he led the New York Philharmonic and other orchestras and in his last years made numerous recordings with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble created especially for him.
Discovering Mahler: Writings on Mahler, 1955-2005

Discovering Mahler is the fourth and final volume of Donald Mitchell's unique studies of Mahler and his music. This new publication fills the remaining gaps in the scrutiny of Mahler's works in the series, principally the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies, with the Ninth and Tenth. It begins with a substantial survey of Mahler's music, commissioned for the sixth edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980), but here printed in full for the first time.
Ecstasy: A Novel

Gustav Klimt gave Alma her first kiss. Gustav Mahler fell in love with her at first sight and proposed only a few weeks later. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius abandoned all reason to pursue her. Poet and novelist Franz Werfel described her as “one of the very few magical women that exist.” But who was this woman who brought these most eminent of men to their knees? In Ecstasy, Mary Sharratt finally gives one of the most controversial and complex women of her time the center stage. Part cautionary tale, part triumph of the feminist spirit, Ecstasy reveals the true Alma Mahler: composer, author, daughter, sister, mother, wife, lover, and muse.
Experiencing Mahler: A Listener's Companion

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.
Gustav Mahler: The Symphonies

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.
Gustav Mahler: a study of his personality and work

Books about Composers of Music describe the lives and musical works of musicians who have created original music, which may be for voice, instruments or orchestra, and may fit into a number of alternative genres. Titles include: A Handbook to Chopin's Works, Beethoven: A Critical Biography, Biographies of Musicians. Life of Haydn, Biographies of Musicians; Life of Liszt, Brahms, Chopin the composer, Eine Pilgerfahrt zu Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, das lied von der erde; Thematische Analyse, Gustav Mahler: A Study of His Personality and Work, Handel, Johannes Brahms in Erinnerungen, Life of Chopin, Tchaikovsky; His Life and Works, and Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung.
Gustav Mahler

A best seller when first published in Germany in 2003, Jens Malte Fischer's Gustav Mahler has been lauded by scholars as a landmark work. He draws on important primary resources—some unavailable to previous biographers—and sets in narrative context the extensive correspondence between Mahler and his wife, Alma; Alma Mahler's diaries; and the memoirs of Natalie Bauer-Lechner, a viola player and close friend of Mahler, whose private journals provide insight into the composer's personal and professional lives and his creative process.
Gustav Mahler: Songs and Symphonies of Life and Death. Interpretations and Annotations (Music) (Vol 3)

A monument in Mahler studies, this volume concentrates on the composer's vocal music and, in particular, on some of his most famous, most original and best loved compositions: the late Rueckert orchestral songs and Kindertotenlieder; Das Lied von der Erde, one of the composer's supreme masterpieces, and the vast Eighth Symphony. Much new ground is broken but the author bases his conclusions on a meticulous examination of the principal manuscript sources, especially those for Das Lied. He offers an unprecedented exploration of the original Chinese texts for that work and indeed of the whole Oriental dimension of Mahler's last and greatest song-cycle.
Gustav Mahler: A Life in Crisis

Crises in the life of Gustav Mahler inspired some of his greatest works—but eventually led to an early death. The life of the brilliant composer and conductor Gustav Mahler was punctuated by crisis. His parents both died in 1889, leaving him the reluctant head of a household of siblings. He himself endured a nearly fatal medical ordeal in 1901. A beloved daughter died in 1907 and that same year, under pressure, Mahler resigned from the directorship of the Vienna Opera. In each case Mahler more than mastered the trauma; he triumphed in the creation of new major musical works.
Gustav Mahler: The Wunderhorn Years: Chronicles and Commentaries (Vol 2)

A work of painstaking and imaginative scholarship presented in eminently readable language. MUSICAL QUARTERLY Mitchell has amassed and processed an imposing amount of material, most of it new... It includes a section on Mahler and Freud, discusses Bach's influence on Mahler, and reproduces contemporary criticism... Invaluable for Mahler scholars and lovers. ECONOMIST Donald Mitchell's second book on the life and work of Gustav Mahler focuses principally on Mahler's first settings of Wunderhorn texts, volumes I and II of the Lieder und Gesaenge; his first song-cycle, the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; and the later orchestral settings of Wunderhorn poems. The central section of the book explores the extraordinary and often eccentric chronology of the First, Second and Third Symphonies' composition, an often minute exploration which reveals the interpenetration of song and symphony in this period of Mahler's art, emphasizes the significance for these works of imagery drawn from the Wunderhorn anthology, and calls attention to the ambiguous position occupied by much of Mahler's music at this time, suspended as it was between the rival claims - and forms - of symphony and symphonic poem.
Gustav Mahler: The Early Years (Vol 1)

Available again for a new generation of Mahlerians, Donald Mitchell's famous study of the composer's early life and music was greeted as a major advance on its first appearance in 1958. Revised and updated in the early 1980s, this paperback edition includes a new introduction by the author to bring this classic work once again to the forefront of Mahler studies. From his birth in Bohemia, then part of the mighty Austro-Hungarian empire, to a survey of his early works, many now lost, Gustav Mahler: The Early Years forms an indispensable prelude to the period of the great compositions. The conflicts which came to mark Mahler's music and personality had their beginnings in his childhood and youth.
Gustav Mahler (Dover Books on Music and Music History)

Conductor, composer, and writer Bruno Walter (1876–1962) worked closely with Gustav Mahler as the composer's assistant and protégé. His revealing recollections of Mahler were written in 1936, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the composer's death. Walter first encountered Mahler more than 40 years earlier, when he served as the composer's assistant conductor in Hamburg. He worked with Mahler again at the Vienna Opera, and after the composer's death conducted the debut of the Ninth Symphony and Das Lied von der Erde. A staunch supporter of Mahler's genius and defender of his dour personality, Walter cites the pressures faced by a gifted artist striving for perfection. This edition of his tribute to his friend and mentor features supplemental materials that include a biographical sketch of Mahler as man and artist by Ernst Krenek, the composer's son-in-law and musical heir, and a new Introduction by Erik Ryding, author of Bruno Walter: A World Elsewhere.
Gustav Mahler An Introduction to His Music

From the rear cover of this 127 page book: This is by far and away the best short guide to Mahler's music, written expressly for music lovers by a great scholar who had an unparalleled gift for lucid and attractive exposition. The book contains full texts, in German and English, of all the poems set by Mahler in his songs and symphonies. For this new, second edition the translations have been carefully revised, and the composer David Matthews has contributed a new preface. Deryck Cooke, who died in 1976, was renowned world-wide as a Mahler scholar. His performing version of Mahler's uncompleted 'Tenth Symphony' published by Faber Music, has been recorded by Simon Rattle, and is widely performed.
Gustav Mahler, Vol. 2: Vienna: The Years of Challenge, 1897-1904

In an age of artistic accomplishment, Gustav Mahler stood out as one of the supremely gifted musicians of his generation. As a composer, he won acclaim for his startling originality. As a conductor, his relentless pursuit of perfection was sometimes seen as tyrannical by the singers and musicians who came under his baton. And always, even with his greatest triumphs, he provoked controversy among the critics. Now Henry-Louis de La Grange, Mahler's celebrated biographer, offers new insight into Mahler's life and work with his latest look at the career of this musical genius.
Gustav Mahler, Vol. 3: Vienna: Triumph and Disillusion, 1904-1907

When the second volume of de La Grange's monumental study of Mahler appeared, it was hailed in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications as an indispensable portrait of the great composer. Here at last is the third volume of this magisterial work. 
Gustav Mahler, Vol. 4: A New Life Cut Short, 1907-1911

When the earlier volumes of de La Grange's monumental study of Gustav Mahler appeared, they were hailed across America--in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications--as an indispensable portrait of one of the greatest figures in the history of music. Here at last is the final volume of this magisterial work. 
Gustav Mahler: Letters to his Wife

Gustav Mahler: Letters to his Wife is undoubtedly the best way to understand Mahler as a man and as a composer: in his own words, intimately detailing his inner world to his wife, Alma.
Gustav Mahler and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Tour America

In 1909, when the troubled New York Philharmonic Orchestra needed a leader to rejuvenate and reshape it, composer and conductor Gustav Mahler accepted the challenge. By instituting regular rehearsals, developing a season with forty-six concerts―tripling the previous number, and taking the orchestra on tour, Mahler spent the final two years of his life striving to make the New York Philharmonic the best orchestra in the country, and equal of any in the world. Gustav Mahler and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Tour America documents Mahler's tours with the orchestra during the 1909 and 1910 seasons, detailing the conditions and preparations for each tour, the outcome of each concert, and the perceptions of audiences beyond New York City. Author Mary H. Wagner amassed data from more than 1,000 articles to present a thorough description of the planning and reception of the Philharmonic on its first tour outside New York. Starting with Mahler's decision to join the Philharmonic, the book describes the ways Mahler designed programs to appeal to American audiences, employing one hundred musicians on the tours and presenting works by Wagner, Strauss, Berlioz, and Bach to audiences, many of whom had never heard them played by a full romantic orchestra. The book also describes the touring conditions throughout America, providing a history of touring and orchestral development at the turn of the twentieth century.
Gustav Mahler: memories and letters

Written by the wife of the late Romantic composer giving an account of their day-to-day life during the last years of the Hapsburg Empire. She was in her own right a composer, pianist and poetess who was forbidden to compose by her husband although her contribution to his art was enormous.
Gustav Mahler’s Mental World: A Systematic Representation. Translated by Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch

With his extensive three-volume investigation, the author has newly drawn the image of Gustav Mahler for our time. Should Mahler’s symphonies really be categorized as absolute music? – Little-known manuscript sources contain significant hints to the contrary: programmatic titles and catchwords or phrases, mottos, literary allusions, associations, sighs, exclamations. Mahler fully understood his symphonies as erlebte Musik, music of experience, as autobiography in notes, and as expressions of his «weltanschauung». All the symphonies, including the purely instrumental ones, can be traced back to programs that Mahler originally made public, but suppressed later on. A knowledge of the programmatic ideas provides access to a hitherto barely sensed interior metaphysical world that is of crucial importance for an adequate interpretation of the works. This first volume uncovers the complexity of relations between Mahler’s wide-ranging reading and education, his aesthetics and his symphonic creation.
Gustav Mahler's Symphonic Landscapes

The relationship between Gustav Mahler's career as conductor and his symphonic writing has remained largely unexplored territory with respect to his provocative re-invention of the Austro-German symphony at the turn of the twentieth century. This study offers a new account of these works by allowing Mahler's decisive contribution to the genre to emerge in light of his sustained engagement with the musical, theatrical, and aesthetic traditions of the Austrian fin de siècle. Appealing to ideas of landscape, mobility, and theatricality, Thomas Peattie elaborates a richly interdisciplinary framework that draws attention to the composer's unique symphonic idiom in terms of its radical attitude toward the presentation and ordering of musical events. The identification of a fundamental tension between the music's episodic nature and its often-noted narrative impulse in turn suggests a highly original symphonic dramaturgy, one that is ultimately characterized by an abstract theatricality.
Mahler: A Biography

Although Gustav Mahler is seen today as one of the groundbreaking composers of the modern era, he remains widely misunderstood both as man and musician. In Mahler, Jonathan Carr reexamines Mahler’s life and work through the circumstances leading to his death in 1911.
Mahler: His Life, Work and World

Provides a look at the composer and his philosophy, purpose, and desires

The first volume of De La Grange's massive four-volume biography of the composer Gustav Mahler, covering the years 1860-1902.
Mahler (Master Musicians)

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, this extraordinary series continues to amaze and captivate its readers with detailed insight into the lives and work of music's geniuses.
Mahler and Strauss: In Dialogue

A rare case among history's great music contemporaries, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) and Richard Strauss (1864-1949) enjoyed a close friendship until Mahler's death in 1911. Unlike similar musical pairs (Bach and Handel, Haydn and Mozart, Schoenberg and Stravinsky), these two composers may have disagreed on the matters of musical taste and social comportment, but deeply respected one another's artistic talents, freely exchanging advice from the earliest days of professional apprenticeship through the security and aggravations of artistic fame.
Mahler Discography

This volume presents for the first time comprehensive information on all known recordings-1,168 of them-of the music of Gustav Mahler. Sections are organized by work, artist, and by recorded label. Moreover, comparitive timings are provided for virtually all recordings, including timings for each movement. Mahler's Discography is an indispensable reference tool for music lovers, record colleciton critics, and of course, Mahler enthusiasts.
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (Cambridge Music Handbooks)

Mahler's Third Symphony was conceived as a musical picture of the natural world. This handbook describes the composition of Mahler's grandiose piece of philosophical program music in the context of the ideas that inspired it and the artistic debates and social conflicts that it reflects. In this original and wide-ranging account, Peter Franklin takes the Third Symphony as a representative modern European symphony of its period and evaluates the work as both the culmination of Mahlers early symphonic style and a work whose contradictory effects mirror the complexity of contemporary social and musical manners. The music is described in detail, movement by movement, with chapters on the genesis, early performance, and subsequent reception of the work.
Mahler: Ich bin der welt abhanden gekommen (Historical Biographies) (Volume 4)

Gustav Mahler - Austrian composer and conductor born in Kaliste in Bohemia, in 1860, and died in Vienna in 1911. Sensitive interpreter of a world in crisis, Mahler brought the romantic language to a new phase of development, acting as a forerunner in the development of the dodecaphony by his protégés Berg and Schoenberg. Mainstay of the music at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. An artist with a very complex problem and personality (he was one of the first to experiment with psychoanalysis by Freud). As a conductor he reached remarkable fame, modern and extremely innovative for his interpretive style. His reputation as a composer developed fully only in the 60s of the last century. Mahler composed ten symphonies as well as numerous Lieder. He was the husband of the fiery and lively Alma Schindler, twenty years his junior. A troubled and intense union that strongly affect the life and creativity of this master.
Mahler's Fourth Symphony (Studies In Musical Genesis, Structure, and Interpretation)

Following the earlier volumes in the Studies in Musical Genesis and Structure series, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is a study of origins of one of Mahler’s most popular and accessible works. James Zychowicz examines how the composition evolved from the earliest ideas to the finished score, and in doing so sheds new light on Mahler’s working process.
Mahler's Sixth Symphony: A Study in Musical Semiotics (Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis)

The terms of structuralist and post-structuralist theory have been widely debated within the field of music analysis in recent years. However, very few analyses have attempted to address the repertoire of large orchestral works of the turn of the century - works which seem most obviously to escape the categories of conventional analysis. This study uses a semiotic theory of signification in order to investigate different types of musical communication. Musical meaning is defined on several levels from structures immanent to the work, through questions of tradition and genre, to consideration of the symphony as a narrative alongside other contemporary non-musical texts. Ideas from Eco, Barthes, and Derrida are deployed within the context of close analysis of the score in order to unite specifically analytical insights with cultural hermeneutics.
Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

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.
Mahler's Unknown Letters

Gathers letters written from Mahler to his critics, colleagues, family, and friends, and provides background information concerning each letter
Mahler's Voices: Expression and Irony in the Songs and Symphonies

A unique study not of Mahler's works as such but of Mahler's musical style, Mahler's Voices brings together a close reading of the renowned composer's music with wide ranging cultural and historical interpretation. Through a radical self-awareness that links the romantic irony of the late 18th-century to the deconstructive attitude of the late 20th-century, Mahler's music forces us to rethink historical categories themselves. Yet what sets it apart, what continues to fascinate and disturb, is the music's ultimate refusal of this position, acknowledging the conventionality of all its voices while at the same time, in the intensity of its tone, speaking as if what it said were true. However bound up with the Viennese modernism that Mahler prefigured, the urgency of this act remains powerfully resonant for our own age.
Mahlers Menschen

Freunde und Weggefährten
Malevolent Muse: The Life of Alma Mahler

Of all the colorful figures on the twentieth-century European cultural scene, hardly anyone has provoked more-polarized reactions than Alma Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel (1879–1964). Mistress to a long succession of brilliant men, she married three of the best known: the composer Gustav Mahler, the architect Walter Gropius, and the writer Franz Werfel. Her admirers regarded Alma as a self-sacrificing figure of inspiration to great artists, many of whom indeed exhibited a remarkable devotion to her.
Passionate Spirit The Life of Alma Mahler

Passionate Spirit restores vibrant humanity to a woman time turned into a caricature, providing an important correction to a history where systemic sexism has long erased women of talent.
Reading Mahler German Culture and Jewish Identity in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture

Gustav Mahler's music is more popular than ever, yet few are aware of its roots in German literary and cultural history in general, and in fin-de-siècle Viennese culture in particular. Taking as its point of departure the many references to literature, philosophy, and the visual arts that Mahler uses to illustrate the meaning of his music, Reading Mahler helps audiences, critics, and those interested in musical and cultural history understand influences on Mahler's music and thinking that may have been self-evident to middle-class Viennese a hundred years ago but are much more obscure today.
Recollections of Gustav Mahler

First published in English in 1980, this important early memoir of Gustav Mahler is by Natalie Bauer-Lechner, a viola player and close and devoted friend of Mahler until his marriage to Alma Schindler in 1902. She visited him in Hamburg and frequented his circle in Vienna, also accompanying him and his family on a number of the summer vacations during which the Second, Third and Fourth Symphonies came into being, together with many of the Wunderhorn songs.
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) (Cambridge Music Handbooks)

Since its premiere Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, The Song of the Earth has been widely regarded as his finest masterpiece. It was written in the wake of personal events that shook the foundations of his life in 1907 and, like all his earlier works, it is deeply influenced by the composer's individual and philosophical worldview. Stephen Hefling provides a background to this symphony for voice and orchestra, describes its genesis, summarizes reviews of the premiere, and gives a careful account of all six movements.
Symphonic Metamorphoses: Subjectivity and Alienation in Mahler’s Re-Cycled Songs (Music/Culture)

This revelatory new book takes readers far beyond most existing critical analyses of Mahler's work, escaping the tired traps of broad historical survey and formalist plot summary. Symphonic Metamorphoses considers Mahler's early practice of basing his symphonies on pre-existing songs and elaborates how this practice informs the techniques and tropes of Mahler's musico-cultural discourse, involving montage, social satire, subjectivity, autonomy, alienation, childhood, absolute music, time and cosmology. Raymond Knapp explores these themes with persuasive readings backed by impeccable scholarship, providing insights into the organic link between Mahler's music and his historo-cultural sphere. Knapp's look at Mahler is unique in terms of both the depth of its inquiry and the freshness of its approach. Symphonic Metamorphoses is a graceful and vital addition to Mahler studies and to musicological studies in general.
Symphony of a Thousand: Mahler and the World in 1910

The Eighth Symphony was going to be different from anything Mahler had ever done before. The intensely personal dramas of his earlier symphonies were a thing of the past or rather, they were now to be seen as preludes to this new, culminating symphonic statement: he was quite sure it was the greatest thing he had ever written. The first seven symphonies were all, in their very different ways, acts of private confession, the unburdening of a hypersensitive soul, struggling to make sense of its own existence and of the thrilling and terrifying world in which it found itself.
The Cambridge Companion to Mahler (Cambridge Companions to Music)

In the years approaching the centenary of Mahler's death, this book provides both summation of, and starting point for, an assessment and reassessment of the composer's output and creative activity. Authored by a collection of leading specialists in Mahler scholarship, its opening chapters place the composer in socio-political and cultural contexts, and discuss his work in light of developments in the aesthetics of musical meaning. Part II examines from a variety of analytical, interpretative and critical standpoints the complete range of his output, from early student works and unfinished fragments to the sketches and performing versions of the Tenth Symphony. Part III evaluates Mahler's role as interpreter of his own and other composers' works during his lifelong career as operatic and orchestral conductor. Part IV addresses Mahler's fluctuating reception history from scholarly, journalistic, creative, public and commercial perspectives, with special attention being paid to his compositional legacy.
Alma Mahler Werfel Diaries 1898 1902

The original manuscript of these diaries, which present an eye-witness record of historical events in the worlds of art and music at the turn of the century, lay unread in the library of an American university until Antony Beaumont read it in search of the truth about Mahler-Werfel and Zemlinsky. But he found more: an account, in intimate detail, of the four years during which Mahler-Werfel grew from adolescence into womanhood. Opening with her first, heady affair with Klimt, the diaries break off shortly before her marriage to Mahler. They portray the vitality of everyday life, descriptions of significant artistic events, and insights into the behavioural patterns and linguistic conventions of the Vienna of 1900.
The Life of Mahler (Musical Lives)

As a leading European conductor and the composer of enormous and controversial symphonies, Gustav Mahler inspired mythologizers in his own lifetime. Some of them were personal friends, concerned with countering biased criticism of him in which German nationalist, hide bound traditionalist or anti-Semitic elements were often mixed. In this new biography, Peter Franklin reconfronts the myth of Mahler the misunderstood hero and attempts to find the person, or persons, behind the legends. His illuminating biography shows Mahler to be a profoundly sensitive thinker and composer, a dictatorial conductor and husband, an iconoclast and paradoxically, a traditionalist.
The Mahler Album

The Mahler Album is the definitive collection of all known photographs of the legendary composer and conductor Gustav Mahler. Mahler broke new ground in both composition and conducting, and today his music is more popular than ever. Selected by Gilbert Kaplan, a renowned expert, the beautifully reproduced images are enhanced by photographs of Mahler's family, his homes, the opera houses in which he worked€”including the Metropolitan Opera in New York€”and by a rich selection of drawings, paintings, and sculpture. This expanded edition, published to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mahler's birth and the 100th anniversary of his death, presents newly discovered photographs and works of art, and a selection of colorful postage stamps featuring Mahler. Informative captions and revealing commentary provide historical background.
The Mahler Companion

The Mahler Companion consists of a collection of original essays on Mahler written especially for the occasion by Mahler specialists from around the world. It addresses all parts of his life and work symphonies, songs and song-cycles each of which is discussed individually, his conducting activities, compositional habits, and aesthetic development and sets these within the cultural and political context of his time. In addition, it responds to the global spread of this remarkable composer's music, and an almost universal fascination with it, by attempting to give an account of the reception of Mahler's music in many of the countries in which it eventually came to flourish, eg. Holland, France, Japan, Russia, England, and the United States.
The Mahler Family Letters

Hundreds of the letters that Gustav Mahler addressed to his parents and siblings survive, yet they have remained virtually unknown. Now, for the first time Mahler scholar Stephen McClatchie presents over 500 of these letters in a clear, lively translation in The Mahler Family Letters. Drawn primarily from the Mahler-Rosé Collection at the University of Western Ontario, the volume presents a complete, well-rounded view of the family's correspondence.
The Mahler Symphonies: An Owner's Manual

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.
The Total Work of Art

Mahler's Eighth Symphony in Context: Band 52
To Live for You! To Die for You!

The Life of Gustav Mahler
Why Mahler? How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed the World

A century after his death, Gustav Mahler is the most important composer of modern times. Displacing Beethoven as a box-office draw, heard in Hollywood films and on state occasions, his music inspires particular devotion. Some believe it helps heal emotional wounds, others find intellectual fascination in its contradictory meanings, and many feel that the music captures the yearnings and anxieties of our post industrial society. In this highly original account of the composer's life and work, Norman Lebrecht explores the Mahler Effect, asking why Mahler's music has become the soundtrack to our twenty-first-century lives.
Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahlers Ninth Symphony

Profoundly and powerfully, Thomas questions the folly of nuclear weaponry, showing that the brainpower and money spent on this endeavor are needed much more urgently for the basic science we have abandoned and that even medicine’s most advanced procedures would be useless or insufficient in the face of the smallest nuclear detonation. And in the title essay, he addresses himself with terrifying poignancy to the question of what it is like to be young in the nuclear age.
Mahler A Musical Physiognomy

Theodor W. Adorno goes beyond conventional thematic analysis to gain a more complete understanding of Mahler's music through his character, his social and philosophical background, and his moment in musical history. Adorno examines the composer's works as a continuous and unified development that began with his childhood response to the marches and folk tunes of his native Bohemia.
Mahlers Seventh Symphony

Considering each movement of the symphony through a double perspective, genetic and analytic, Stoll Knecht demonstrates how sketch studies and analytical approaches can interact with each other. Mahler's Seventh Symphony exposes new facets of Mahler's musical humor and leads us to rethink much-debated issues concerning the composer's cultural identity, revealing the Seventh's pivotal role within his output.
The Artists Wife A Novel

An elegant reimagining of the life of Alma Mahler, the lovely, aristocratic fin de siècle composer who abandoned her own art to become the inspiration and collector of geniuses.
Unraveling the Mahler Enigma A Lost Insight

Something like a work of investigative reporting, this is an inquiry into the dynamic of artist and culture: Mahler embedded in his culture, deconstructing notions of his childhood, with marvelous stories of ordinary life in imperial Vienna, a surprising critique of the Conservatorys composition training, and his subsequent breaking free to become a singular creative mind.
Mahler Studies Cambridge Composer Studies

Mahler Studies comprises ten innovative essays by leading experts on topics spanning the range of current Mahler research, including biographical, psychoanalytical, source critical, and theoretical approaches to the composer who, with astonishing foresight, repeatedly claimed that my time will come. Highlights include previously inaccessible documents, sketches, and family letters, an insightful overview of Mahler and the eternal feminine, state of the art essays on Mahler and musical analysis, and a clear account of the influential Mahler criticism of Theodor W. Adorno.
The Eighth Mahler and the World in 1910

September 12, 1910. The world premiere of Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and the artistic breakthrough for which the composer had yearned all his life. Munich’s new Musik Festhalle was filled to capacity on two successive evenings for the performances, which were received with rapturous applause. Representatives of many European royal houses were in attendance, along with an array of stars from the musical and literary world, including Thomas Mann and the young Arnold Schoenberg. Also in attendance were Alma Mahler, the composer’s young wife, and Alma’s longtime lover, the architect Walter Gropius. Knowledge of their relationship would precipitate an emotional crisis in Mahler that, compounded with his heart condition and the passing of his young daughter Maria, would lead to his premature death the next year, in 1911.
Gustav Mahler Symphonies No 1 and 2 in Full Score

Handsome, inexpensive volume reproduces authoritative Austrian editions of the Symphony No 1 in D Major Titan and Symphony No 2 in C Minor Resurrection. Beautifully printed unabridged scores reveal vivid orchestration, innovative symphonic structure, rich emotional expression, foreshadowing of 20th-century musical ideas.
Symphonies No 3 and 4 in Full Score

Mahlers third and fourth symphonies mark a turning point in his development as a composer. Symphony No 3, 1896, predominantly follows the musical style of the earlier two symphonies, which tended to emphasize a single melodic line with subordinate harmonies. Symphony No 4, 1900, embodies the more contrapuntal style that characterizes his later symphonic works. At the same time, these works bring Mahler to the end of his Wunderhorn years, when his inspiration derived strongly from Des Knaben Wunderhorn The Youth's Magic Horn, an early 19th century collection of folklike poetry that celebrated themes of nature.