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Gustav Mahler

Author: Jens Malte Fischer
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fischer, Jens Malte.
Gustav Mahler.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2011
(OCoLC)759160516
Named Person: Gustav Mahler; Gustav Mahler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jens Malte Fischer
ISBN: 9780300134445 0300134444 9780300194111 0300194110
OCLC Number: 670481428
Notes: "Originally published under the title Gustav Mahler : der fremde Vertraute"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 766 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: What did Mahler look like? : an attempt at a description --
Small steps : Kalischt and Iglau (1860-75) --
Studies in Vienna (1875-80) --
The summer conductor : Bad Hall (1880) --
Emotional ups and downs in Laibach (1881-2) --
For the last time in the provinces : Olmütz (1882-3) --
Presentiment and a new departure : Kassel (1883-5) --
The avid reader : Mahler and literature --
Becoming Mahler : Prague (1885-6) --
The first symphony --
Life's vicissitudes : Leipzig (1886-8) --
Notes on Mahler's songs --
Lowland dreams : Budapest (1888-91) --
The conductor --
The second symphony --
Self-realization : Hamburg (1891-7) --
Jewishness and identity --
The third symphony --
The god of the southern climes : Vienna (1897-1901) --
Mahler's illnesses : a pathographical sketch --
The fourth symphony --
Vienna in 1900 : Alma as a young woman (1901-3) --
The fifth symphony --
'Nothing is lost to you' : faith and philosophy --
The sixth symphony --
Opera reform--early years of marriage--Mahler's compositional method (1903-5) --
The seventh symphony --
The administrator--contemporaries--signs of crisis (1905-7) --
The eighth symphony --
Annus terribilis (1907) --
Das Lied von der Erde --
Starting afresh : New York (1908-11) --
The ninth symphony --
Crisis and culmination (1910) --
The fragmentary tenth symphony --
'My heart is weary' : the farewell --
Mahler and posterity.
Other Titles: Gustav Mahler.
Responsibility: Jens Malte Fischer ; translated by Stewart Spencer.

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Explores Mahler's early life, his relationship to literature, his achievements as a conductor in Vienna and New York, his unhappy marriage, and his work with "Metropolitan Opera" and "New York  Read more...

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