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The Mahler companion
Mitchell, Donald, 1925-
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xviii, 633 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Errata slip inserted.
Gustav Mahler's Vienna / Leon Botstein -- The earliest completed works : a voyage towards the First Symphony : Das klagende Lied, Lieder und Gesänge, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and the First Symphony / John Williamson -- Mahler and Des knaben Wunderhorn / Paul Hamburger -- Todtenfeier and the Second Symphony / Edward R. Reilly -- Mahler and Germany / Morten Solvik -- Mahler and France / Henry-Louis de la Grange -- Mahler and Debussy : transcendence and emotion / Gérard Pesson -- A stranger's story : programmes, politics and Mahler's Third Symphony / Peter Franklin -- 'Swallowing the programme' : Mahler's fourth Symphony / Donald Mitchell -- Mahler's 'Kammermusikton' : Kindertotenlieder, Mahler and the Chamber Orchestra, the two last 'Wunderhorn' songs / Donald Mitchell -- Eternity or nothingness? Mahler's Fifth Symphony / Donald Mitchell -- Mahler and Holland / Eveline Nikkels -- The Rückert Lieder / Stephen E. Hefling -- The Sixth Symphony / David Matthews -- The Seventh Symphony / Peter Revers -- Mahler in Prague (1908) / Donald Mitchell -- The Eighth Symphony / John Williamson ; Appendix : an unpublished letter / Andrew Nicholson -- Mahler in America / Edward R. Reilly -- Das Lied von der Erde ; The Ninth symphony / Stephen E. Hefling -- The Tenth Symphony / Colin Matthews -- Wagner, Lipiner and the 'Purgatorio' / David Matthews -- Mahler and Russia / Inna Barsova -- Mahler and Japan / Kenji Aoyagi -- Mahler in London in 1892 / andrew Nicholson -- The Mahler renaissance in England : its origins and chronology / Donald Mitchell -- Mahler's smile : a memoir of his daughter Anna Mahler (1904-88) / Albrecht Joseph ... [et al.].
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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 conductingactivities, 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 thereception 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. This particular series of chapters reveals that the 'Mahler Phenomenon' earned its description principally in the years after the SecondWorld War, but also that the Mahler revival was already well under way pre-war, perhaps especially in England and the States, and most surprisingly of all, Japan. The selection of contributors, who between them cover all Mahler's musical output, shows that here too this volume significantly crosses national boundaries. The very diverse approaches, analyses and commentaries, amply illustrated with music examples, are evidence of the uniquely rich and complexcharacter of a music that spans more than one culture and more than one century. The volume includes the most significant and up-to-date Mahler research and debate, and illumines some hitherto unexplored areas of Mahler's life eg. his visit to London in 1892, his sculptor daughter, Anna, and thehall in which the Seventh Symphony was first performed in Prague in 1908. It has often been claimed that Mahler, born in 1860, was in fact a prophet of much that was to come in the 20th century. His later works undeniably anticipate, often with dazzling virtuosity, many of the principal techniques and aesthetics of the new century, only the first decade of which helived to see. Small wonder that among his earliest admirers was a collective of some of the most important and innovative composers of our time, Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern. Their successors (Copland, Shostakovich, and Britten, to name a few) were to range across contrasting cultures and nationalfrontiers. Drawing on the best resources and the most up-to-date information about the composer, this volume fulfils the need in Mahler literature for a genuinely comprehensive guide to the composer and will be the authoritative guide for Mahler enthusiasts for years to come.

Author Notes

Dr Mitchell is a Trustee of the Britten-Pears Foundation and Chairman of the Britten Estate Ltd; Founder Professor of Music at the University of Sussex (1971 - 1976); and is currently visiting Professor at Sussex, York and King's College, London. Andrew Nicholson is a Research Fellow inRomantic Studies, Department of English, University of Bristol.

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Choice Review

Mature Mahler scholarship is evident in a steadily growing harvest of articles, books, and scholarly editions of his songs, symphonies, and even juvenilia over the last two or three decades. Continuing in the grand tradition of scholarship by such Mahlerians as Mitchell, Henry-Louis de La Grange, Stephen Hefling, and James Zychowicz, the present volume comprises 28 articles and reflects every hue and view of modern Mahler research. Arranged in mostly chronological order by composition, the Companion functions as an armchair commentary on the growth of Mahler's oeuvre. Interlaced are articles on the Mahler cultures of Vienna, Germany, France, Japan, Holland, Prague, America, Russia, Japan, and 1892 London, and on the English Mahler renaissance. Though this volume deals with Mahler's piano quintet and Die Drei Pintos and his conducting career only in passing, Gerard Pesson's article on Mahler's interaction with Debussy and the reminiscence by Anna Mahler ("Mahler's Smile") are both valuable. Highly recommended for all academic collections and for large public libraries. M. J. Sickbert; Hardin-Simmons University

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on the Contributors
IntroductionAndrew Nicholson
1 Gustav Mahler's ViennaLeon Botstein
2 The Earliest Completed Works: A Voyage towards the First SymphonyJohn Williamson
3 Mahler and Des Knaben WunderhornPaul Hamburger
4 Todtenfeier and the Second SymphonyEdward R. Reilly
5 Mahler and GermanyMorten Solvik
6 Mahler and FranceHenry-Louis de La Grange
7 Mahler and Debussy: Transcendance and EmotionGerard Pesson
8 A Stranger's Story: Programmes, Politics, and Mahler's Third SymphonyPeter Franklin
9 `Swallowing the Programme': Mahler's Fourth SymphonyDonald Mitchell
10 Mahler's `Kammermusikton'Donald Mitchell
11 Eternity or Nothingness? Mahler's Fifth SymphonyDonald Mitchell
12 Mahler and HollandEveline Nikkels
13 The Ruckert LiederStephen E. Hefling
14 The Sixth SymphonyDavid Matthews
15 The Seventh SymphonyPeter Revers
16 Mahler in Prague (1908)Donald Mitchell
17 The Eighth SymphonyJohn Williamson
18 Mahler in AmericaEdward R. Reilly
19 Das Lied von der ErdeStephen E. Hefling
20 The Ninth SymphonyStephen E. Hefling
21 The Tenth SymphonyColin Matthews
22 Wagner, Lipiner, and the `Purgatorio'David Matthews
23 Mahler and RussiaInna Barsova
24 Mahler and JapanKenji Aoyagi
25 Mahler in London in 1892Andrew Nicholson
26 The Mahler Renaissance in England: Its Origins and ChronologyDonald Mitchell
27 Mahler and the Great Tradition: Then and NowWilfrid Mellers
28 Epilogue Mahler's Smile: A Memoir of his Daughter Anna Mahler (1904-1988)Albrecht Joseph and Anna Mahler Marina Mahler and Donald Mitchell
Index of WorksGustav Mahler
General Index