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Gustav Mahler: Volume 2: Vienna: The Years of Challenge (1897-1904) / Edition 1
     

Gustav Mahler: Volume 2: Vienna: The Years of Challenge (1897-1904) / Edition 1

by Henry-Louis de La Grange
 

ISBN-10: 0193151596

ISBN-13: 9780193151598

Pub. Date: 05/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In an age of artistic accomplishment, Gustav Mahler stood out as one of the supremely gifted musicians of his generation. As a composer, he won acclaim for his startling originality. As a conductor, his relentless pursuit of perfection was sometimes seen as tyrannical by the singers and musicians who came under his baton. And always, even with his greatest triumphs

Overview

In an age of artistic accomplishment, Gustav Mahler stood out as one of the supremely gifted musicians of his generation. As a composer, he won acclaim for his startling originality. As a conductor, his relentless pursuit of perfection was sometimes seen as tyrannical by the singers and musicians who came under his baton. And always, even with his greatest triumphs, he provoked controversy among the critics. Now Henry-Louis de La Grange, Mahler's celebrated biographer, offers new insight into Mahler's life and work with his latest look at the career of this musical genius.
In Mahler in Vienna, La Grange follows the great musician to the intellectual and artistic capital of turn-of-the-century Europe. From Mahler's spectacular debut as director of the Vienna Court Opera to his triumphant tour of the continent, we see him at the height of his powers. La Grange vividly portrays the marvelous spectacle, including the extraordinary range of artists who worked with Mahler—the composers Dvorak, Gustave Charpentier, Richard Strauss, Zemlinsky, and Schoenberg; the painters, architects, and decorators of the Secession (led by Klimt); and the writers Hauptmann, Dehmel, Hofmannsthal, and Schnitzler. In Vienna, the conductor worked a revolution in standards of performance and (along with Secession painter Alfred Roller) scenic illustration. It was also during this period that he wrote some of his best-loved symphonies—including his Fourth and Fifth—and his three orchestral song-cycles and collections, the Wunderhorn-, Ruckert-, and Kindertotenlieder. For each of these works La Grange provides full notes and analytic descriptions. And the author does not neglect Mahler's temptestuous personal life, for during these years he met Alma Schindler—"the most beautiful woman in Vienna." La Grange deftly captures the story of their engagement and marriage in 1902.
Mahler remains one of the greatest figures in the history f music, a man whose work provokes strong reactions today as in his own time. This account is just one part of the definitive four-volume biography Gustav Mahler, the result of a thirty-year research project; the author has personally translated it from his original French into English. Scrupulously researched and insightfully written, this volume is a brilliant account of a critical epoch in Mahler's life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780193151598
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
944
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 6.69(h) x 2.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
xi(3)
Inaccessible sources xiv(1)
Abbreviations xv
1. Vienna and Viennese music--conditions at the Opera (May-July 1897)
1(36)
2. Substitute director--opening of the new season--the Opera under Jahn--first reforms (July-September 1897)
37(27)
3. Official appointment--first productions--conflicts with Leoncavallo (September 1897--February 1898)
64(33)
4. First Philharmonic Concerts--first battles at the Opera--the Ring and Der Freischiitz (March-December 1898)
97(38)
5. New anti-Semitic campaign--second Philharmonic season--the Second Symphony in Liege and Vienna (January--May 1899)
135(29)
6. War with the administration--difficulties with the singers--Alt-Aussee, the Fourth Symphony (May--December 1899)
164(36)
7. Fresh anti-Semitic attacks--Richter's departure--Beethoven's Ninth Symphony--Hirschfeld's declaration of war (December 1899--April 1900)
200(39)
8. Venice--Paris--Maiernigg--completion of the Fourth Symphony--Gutheil-Schoder joins the Hofoper (April-August 1900)
239(44)
9. Quarrel with the Buhnenverein--triumph of the Second Symphony in Munich--failure of the First in Vienna--beginning of the third season of the Philharmonic (August-December 1900)
283(34)
10. Premiere of Das klagende Lied--illness and operation--resignation from the Philharmonic--the Fifth Symphony and the Ruckert-Lieder (January--August 1901)
317(54)
11. Correspondence with Strauss--arrival of Bruno Walter--Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor and Les Contes d'Hoffmann--premiere of the Fourth Symphony (September--December 1901)
371(46)
12. Alma Schindler--Mahler in love--engagement (December 1901--January 1902)
417(54)
13. Strauss and Feuersnot--the Fourth Symphony in Vienna--marriage and journey to Russia--Beethoven Exhibition at the Secession--premiere of the Third Symphony: the Krefeld triumph (January--June 1902)
471(62)
14. Concerts in the Rhineland--first marital storms--the first Roller collaboration: Roller's Tristan-premiere of Louise (June 1902-April 1903)
533(65)
15. Triumph in Basel--contract with Peters--the Sixth Symphony completed--first trip to Holland (April--December 1903)
598(53)
16. Der Waffenschmied, Euryanthe, Der Corregidor, Falstaff--Mannheim, Heidelberg, Prague, Mainz, Cologne--encounters with Hauptmann, Bahr, Hofmannsthal--Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, and the Vereinigung--birth of Anna--completion of the Sixth Symphony and the Kindertotenlieder (January--September 1904)
651(70)
Appendix 1: Catalogue of Mahler's works 721(9)
Appendix 2: Detailed history and analysis of works composed between 1898 and 1904 730(117)
Bibliography 847(12)
Index 859

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