Gustav Mahler: Volume 4 A New Life Cut Short 1907-1911

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When the earlier volumes of de La Grange's monumental study of Gustav Mahler appeared, they were hailed across America—in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications—as an indispensable portrait of one of the greatest figures in the history of music. Here at last is the final volume of this magisterial work.
The fourth volume illuminates the composer's American period, when he was conductor for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It contains a treasure trove of new material, in particular many unknown letters from Alma Mahler to her lover, Walter Gropius, and many articles and interviews about the composer and the performances he conducted while in New York. This detailed biography of the composer also includes new and valuable insights into the final year of his life, when he returned to Europe to die.
The crowning point of a decades-long project, during which the author has personally translated each volume from his original French into English, this scrupulously researched and insightfully written biography brings to a triumphant close the definitive account of Mahler's life and work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198163879
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2008
  • Series: Gustav Mahler Ser.
  • Pages: 1072
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 2.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry-Louis de La Grange is Honorary President and Founder of Mediatheque Musicale Mahler, Paris.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     viii
Abbreviations     xi
Introduction     xv
1     1
Mahler in New York (I)
Discovering the New World
New York in 1908
The Metropolitan Opera and Heinrich Conried
Tristan and Don Giovanni (January-February 1908)
2     112
Mahler in New York (II)
The end of the season at the Metropolitan
Die Walkure, Siegfried, and Fidelio
Philadelphia and Boston
Return to Europe
Concerts in Wiesbaden and Prague
Toblach and Das Lied von der Erde (March-August 1908)
3     221
Mahler in New York (III)
Premiere of the Seventh Symphony
Concerts in Munich and Hamburg
Return to New York
Concerts with the Symphony
Opening of the Metropolitan season (September-December 1908)
4     332
Mahler in New York (IV)
Figaro and Bartered Bride
Farewell to the Metropolitan
The New York Philharmonic
Two weeks in Paris: Rodin
Contract with Universal Edition
Schoenberg and Varese (January-June 1909)
5     457
Mahler in New York (V)
Summer in Toblach
The Ninth Symphony
The last journey to the Netherlands
The New York Philharmonic (June-December 1909)
6     609
Mahler in New York (VI)
Social life there
Second half of the first Philharmonic season
Busoni as soloist
The Weiss scandal
At the Met: Pique Dame
Tour of New England
Mahler interviewed (January-March 1910)
7     718
Mahler in New York (VII)
Back inEurope
The Second Symphony in Paris
Disaster in Rome
Rehearsals for the Eighth Symphony in Vienna, Leipzig, and Munich (April-July 1910)
8     821
Mahler in New York (VIII)
Alma's betrayal
The tragic summer of 1910
The Tenth Symphony
Consultation with Freud (July-August 1910)
9     939
Mahler in New York (IX)
Munich: Triumph of the Eighth Symphony
Vienna, autumn of 1910
Paintings by Schoenberg
The second Philharmonic season
Tour to the Great Lakes
The holidays in New York (September-December 1910)
10     1101
Mahler in New York (X)
Plans for the next season
Mahler conducts a revised Fourth
Crisis with the Guarantors' Committe
Mahler and the New York Philharmonic: A final assessment (January-February 1911)
Epilogue. Mahler's illness and death
New York
Vienna (21 February-18 May 1911)     1226
Catalogue of Works     1279
Das Lied von der Erde: A Symphony for Tenor and Alto (or Baritone) Voice and Orchestra (1908)     1293
The Ninth Symphony in D major (1909)     1385
The Unfinished Tenth Symphony in F Sharp (1910)     1453
Works Revised by Mahler: Symphonic Works     1530
Works Revised by Mahler: Operas     1546
Apocryphal Work: A Symphonic Prelude by Mahler?     1553
Unfinished Works and Sketches: Three Unknown Sketches     1559
The Sketchbook in the Mildenburg Collection      1563
Why did Mahler not Write an Opera?     1566
Transcriptions and Arrangements of Mahler's Works     1569
How to Approach Mahler's Art, by Georg Gohler     1575
The Sixth Symphony (The Order of Movements)     1578
Soloists who Played or Sang in Mahler's Concerts; Cities where he Conducted Concerts, and his Concert Repertoire     1588
Programmes Prepared by Mahler for the New York Philharmonic and Conducted during his Last Illness by Theodore Spiering     1615
The Orchestra and its Instruments in Mahler's Time     1617
Mahler as a Performer of his Own Works (The Piano Rolls and their Transfer to Disc)     1619
After Mahler's Death: Letters of Condolence     1636
Obituary Articles     1638
Freud on Mahler (in Marie Bonaparte's Diary), Original German Version     1654
A Performance History of Mahler's Works     1657
The Survival of Alma's Collection after the Bombing of her House on the hohe Warte     1670
Mahler Mythomania     1673
Mahler's Posthumous Triumph in America: Stokowski's 1916 Performances of the Eighth Symphony     1680
Poems Copied by Mahler     1685
A Dedication in Verse to Countess Wydenbruck's Daughter     1687
Following Mahler's Track     1688
Mahler's Beliefs (Fechner and Hartmann)     1693
Rodin's Three Busts of Mahler     1699
Relative Value of Currencies in Mahler's Time     1704
Alma Mahler: A Chronology of her Life after Mahler's Death, 1911 to 1964     1706
Alma Mahler's Lieder     1709
Recipe for Mahler's Favourite Dessert: Marillenknodel (Apricot Dumplings)     1716
Select Bibliography     1718
Index     1723
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