Gustav Mahler: The Early Years

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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...
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Overview

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. Without understanding the territorial, social and familial conflicts of this time one cannot truly appreciate the impulses behind the major symphonies and song cycles of his later years. DONALD MITCHELL was born in 1925. Two composers have been central to his writings on music, Gustav Mahler and Benjamin Britten. His three studies of Mahler, The Early Years (1958), The Wunderhorn Years (1975), and Songs and Symphonies of Life and Death (1985), are among the enduring monuments of postwar Mahler literature. He was founder Professor of Music at the University of Sussex (1971-76), was visiting Professor at King's College, London, and is currently a visiting Professor at the Universities of Sussex and York.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843830023
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/18/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Mitchell is chairman of the publishing house of Faber Music, Ltd. His books include Benjamin Britten (edited with Hans Keller); The Mozart Companion (edited with H.C. Robbins Landon); The Language of Modern Music; an annotated and revised edition of Alma Mahler's Memories and Letters; and Benjamin Britten, Pictures from a Life, 1913-1976 (with John Evans).

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Table of Contents

Preface to 1958 Edition vii
Editors' Preface (1978) xii
Preface (1995) xiii
Preface (2003) xiv
Illustrations xviii
Bibliography and Key xix
Additional Reading List xxiii
Critical Editions (2003) xxiv
Supplementary Bibliography (2003) xxv
I 1860-1875 1
II 1875-1878 27
III 1878-1880 75
IV The Early Works 116
Notes--I 1860-1875 230
Notes--II 1875-1878 235
Notes--III 1878-1880 247
Notes--IV The Early Works 253
Appendix
To I 268
To II 276
To III 293
To IV 299
To Notes 319
Revised List of Early Works 322
Supplementary Notes (2003) 325
Index to Text 331
Index to Appendix 340
Index to 2003 Additional Text 343
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