Gustav Mahler: Songs and Symphonies of Life and Death. Interpretations and Annotations

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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 ...
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Overview

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. Time and time again, the composer's sketches back up the author's reading of these massive scores and there will be few among this book's readers who will not find a familiar passage or movement sharply illuminated by fresh insights and information. The scope of the book, despite its concentration, is immensely wide; and so is the readership it addresses: Mahler scholars, performers, and general readers.

DONALD MITCHELL was Founder Professor of Music at the University of Sussex. He is currently Visiting Professor at Sussex and York, and formerly at King's College, London.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851159089
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/17/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 664
  • Product dimensions: 1.39 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 9
Preface to the Paperback Edition 15
Preface 17
Acknowledgements 21
Pt. I Preparing for Das Lied: Funf Lieder Nach Ruckert/Kindertotenlieder: From Darkness to Light and the Birth of Dichotomy 25
Interpretations 27
Annotations 109
Pt. II Decoding Das Lied 157
Interpretations 159
Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde 161
Der Einsame im Herbst 207
Von der Jugend 243
Von der Schonheit 265
Der Trunkene im Fruhling 305
Der Abschied 327
Annotations 433
Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde 435
Der Einsame im Herbst 454
Von der Jugend 461
Von der Schonheit 466
Der Trunkene im Fruhling 472
Der Abschied 474
Pt. III An Afterword on the Eighth Symphony 501
Interpretations 503
Veni creator spiritus 505
Goethe's Faust: Part II, Act V, Last Scene 551
Annotations 593
Veni creator spiritus 595
Goethe's Faust: Part II, Act V, Last Scene 604
App. A The Manuscripts of Das Lied von der Erde 617
App. B Postface to Die chinesische Flote 620
App. C Heterophony 624
App. D How Gustav Mahler Planned His 'Eighth': The First Sketch 635
Bibliography 638
Index of Mahler's Works 645
General Index 652
Corrigenda 659
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