Gustav Mahler-Richard Strauss: Correspondence, 1888-1911 / Edition 2

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Overview

Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss came to know one another as young conductors in Leipzig in 1887. From then until Mahler's death in 1911—the year of the first performance of Der Rosenkavalier—they kept in touch. Mahler himself described their relationship as that of two miners tunneling from opposite directions with the hope of eventually meeting.

This first publication of their correspondence, which includes twenty-five previously unknown Strauss letters, offers a portrait of two men who were as antithetical in their musical means and goals as in their temperaments and personalities, but who exercised a strong fascination for one another. These sixty-three letters show both composers advancing in their careers as they battled against adverse conditions in the musical world at the turn of the century. They present Mahler's energetic support of Strauss's Symphonia Domestica, which Mahler conducted in 1904 and, in turn, Strauss's championing of Mahler's music, especially the Second and Third Symphonies.

The correspondence is fully annotated and is supplemented with a major essay by Herta Blaukopf.

"Unfailingly absorbing. . . . An indispensable addition to the literature on these composers."—Norman Del Mar, Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226057682
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Acknowledgements 13
Notes on the Edition 15
Correspondence 1888-1911 17
Rivalry and Friendship: An Essay on the Mahler-Strauss Relationship 101
Key to Principal Bibliographical Sources 159
Notes 160
Chronologies: Mahler Conducts Strauss; Strauss Conducts Mahler 164
General Index 167
Index of Works by Mahler 171
Index of Works by Strauss 172
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