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Mahler and His World : The Bard Music Festival - Karen Painter

Mahler and His World

The Bard Music Festival

By: Karen Painter (Editor)

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Published: 29th July 2002
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From the composer's lifetime to the present day, Gustav Mahler's music has provoked extreme responses from the public and from experts. Poised between the Romantic tradition he radically renewed and the austere modernism whose exponents he inspired, Mahler was a consummate public persona and yet an impassioned artist who withdrew to his lakeside hut where he composed his vast symphonies and intimate song cycles. His advocates have produced countless studies of the composer's life and work. But they have focused on analysis internal to the compositions, along with their programmatic contexts.

In this volume, musicologists and historians turn outward to examine the broader political, social, and literary changes reflected in Mahler's music. Peter Franklin takes up questions of gender, Talia Pecker Berio examines the composer's Jewish identity, and Thomas Peattie, Charles S. Maier, and Karen Painter consider, respectively, contemporary theories of memory, the theatricality of Mahler's art and fin-de-siecle politics, and the impinging confrontation with mass society. The private world of Gustav Mahler, in his songs and late works, is explored by leading Austrian musicologist Peter Revers and a German counterpart, Camilla Bork, and by the American Mahler expert Stephen Hefling.

Mahler's symphonies challenged Europeans and Americans to experience music in new ways. Before his decision to move to the United States, the composer knew of the enthusiastic response from America's urban musical audiences. "Mahler and His World" reproduces reviews of these early performances for the first time, edited by Zoe Lang. The Mahler controversy that polarized Austrians and Germans also unfolds through a series of documents heretofore unavailable in English, edited by Painter and Bettina Varwig, and the terms of the debate are examined by Leon Botstein in the context of the late-twentieth-century Mahler revival.

"The best thing in the [Bard Music] festival could have been enjoyed in the cool quiet of one's study: Ms. Painter's book... The highlight is Mr. Botstein's own essay, a typically virtuosic riff on Theodor W. Adorno's book on Mahler... But the book's other essays--on performance in late-19th-century Central Europe as a political statement on Mahle"s Jewishness, on gender issues and Ms. Painter's own discussion of the mass public gestures in Mahler's big works (especially the 'Symphony of a Thousand) and their connection to socialist cultural policy--are all worth reading. As are the musical analyses and the period reviews."--John Rockwell, The New York Times' "[A] valuable addition to the Mahler library."--BBC Music Magazine

Preface
Acknowledgments xi
Context And Ideologies
Whose Gustav Mahler? Reception, Interpretation, and History
I Mahler's Theater: The Performative and the Political in Central Europe, 1890-1910p. 55
Mahler's Jewish Parablep. 87
A Soldier's Sweetheart's Mother's Tale? Mahler's Gendered Musical Discoursep. 111
The Aesthetics of Mass Culture: Mahler's Eighth Symphony and Its Legacyp. 127
Analysis And Aesthetics
Musical Lyricism as Self-Exploration: Reflections on Mahler's "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen"p. 159
". . . the heart-wrenching sound of farewell": Mahler, Riickert, and the Kindertotenliederp. 173
In Search of Lost Time: Memory and Mahler's Broken Pastoralp. 185
Aspects of Mahler's Late Stylep. 199
Mahler's American Debut
The Reception of the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, 1904-1906 edited
Introductionp. 227
Mahler's Fourth Symphony in New Yorkp. 230
"Gustav Mahler-His Personality and His New Symphony"
"First Concert of Symphony Orchestra . . . Mahler Heard" (New York Times) "What Did It All Mean?. . ." (The Musical Courier) The American Premiere of Mahler's Fifth Symphonyp. 239
Program Notes, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestrap. 240
"Gustav Mahler: The Composer . . . Boston First Hears . . ." August Spanuth Program Notes, Boston Symphony Orchestra
"A Symphony by Mahler for the First Time"p. 253
"Mahler's Fifth Symphony. . . " (Philadelphia Evening Bulletin) "A New Symphony by Gustav Mahler. . . "
Mahler's German-Language Critics Edited And Translated By Karen Painter And Bettina Varwig
Introductionp. 267
Mahler As Conductorp. 272
"Gustav Mahler and the Vienna Court Opera"
"Gustav Mahler as Organizer"
"Mahler as Director"
The First Symphonyp. 283
"A First Symphony" MAX GRAF "Theater & Art Reviews: Second Philharmonic Concert"
"Viennese Musical Letter"
Theodor Helm "Feuilleton: Philharmonic Concert" The Fifth Symphonyp. 298
"Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5" Ernst Otto Nodnagel "Fourteenth Philharmonic Concert"
"Feuilleton: Gustav Mahler and His Symphony"
"Feuilleton: Mahler's 'Fifth"'Naich The Seventh Symphonyp. 316
"Mahler's 'Seventh Symphony"'
"Gustav Mahler's 'Seventh"'
"Mahler's Seventh Symphony"c
"Feuilleton: Mahler's Seventh Symphony"p. 332
"Feuilleton: Das Lied von der Erde"
"Gustav Mahler: Las Lied von der Erde"
"Fourth Philharmonic Concert: Das Lied von der Erde"p. 344
"Gustav Mahler"
"Gustav Mahler"
"Gustav Mahler"
"Gustav Mahler" The Mahler Amsterdam Festival, 1920p. 357
"The Mahler Festival in Amsterdam"
"A Musician's journey to Holland"
"The Mahler Festival in Amsterdam"
"A Second Letter from Amsterdam"
Notes on Contributorsp. 391
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ISBN: 9780691092447
ISBN-10: 0691092443
Series: The Bard Music Festival
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 29th July 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.59