Mahler: His Life, Work and World

Mahler: His Life, Work and World

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by Hurt Blaukopf, Herta Blaukopf

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This is actually a translation of a 1976 German publication with some revisions. Rather than a narrative, it is a compilation of documents: letters, reviews, diary entries, newspaper accounts, concert programs. The Blaukopfs have edited these sources and placed them in chronological order so that Mahler's life is told through contemporary writings. Although the widely contrasting writing styles sometimes jolt the eye, it is fascinating to read Mahler's words and to view him through the eyes of those who knew him well. This is a vivid social history and a first-rate collection of significant Mahler documents.-- Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto

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Beirut768 More than 1 year ago
Quote"" In the unending debate about the effectiveness of psychotherapy, the creativity question remains unresolved. What happens to art when medicine meddles with an artist's mind? There are two known instances of composers who sought psychiatric help. On the afternoon of 26 August 1910, Gustav Mahler spent four hours discussing his marital difficulties with Sigmund Freud as they strolled through the Dutch town of Leiden. The two great minds achieved instant rapport. Freud said later that no-one had ever grasped psychoanalysis so swiftly. Mahler, for his part, felt much better. 'Be joyful!' he cabled his young wife, Alma. unquote

***Two persons must have shaped Mahler's personality:
1)Leo Pinsker (1821-1891) was born in Poland.
One of the first Jews to attend Odessa University, he studied law, but realized that, as a Jew, he had little chance of becoming a lawyer, so he studied medicine at the University of Moscow, returning to Odessa to practice in 1849. When pogroms started in Odessa in 1871, enlightened Jews were distraught. Assimilation activities ceased and Pinsker returned to medicine, becoming prominent in public life. Within a few years, these activities were renewed, but they were brought to a sudden halt in 1881, when another wave of pogroms began in southern Russia.
The concept of channeling Russian Jewish emigration to one country was rebuffed in Vienna and Paris, where Jewish leaders favored emigration to the U.S. rather than a Jewish homeland.(Mahler also did so) .
"... to the living the Jew is a corpse, to the native a foreigner, to the homesteader a vagrant, to the proprietary a beggar, to the poor an exploiter and a millionaire, to the patriot a man without a country, for all a hated rival."

2)Sigmund Freud: 1856-1939
Was Freud interested in music at all? Exactly what Freud cured is unclear. Emmanuel Garcia, psychiatric consultant to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, has postulated a theory that Mahler's libido ((psychoanalysis) a Freudian term for sexual urge or desire) was restored by talking to Freud. If so it made little difference, as Alma continued seeing her young lover, the future Bauhaus founder, Walter Gropius. As for any effect on Mahler's music, there was none. He died nine months later, of heart disease. Freud, seeing the obituary, sent the estate a back-dated invoice. Privately, Freud acknowledged that his treatment of Mahler had been superficial. It was, he said, 'as if you would dig a single shaft through a mysterious building'.""

*** Alma MARIA Mahler?? (Maria) - Maria is Mahler's mother name!!!! Mahler's first daughter' name was Maria too - she died of scarlet fever!!!

**His last words were "Mozartl" - (a diminutive, corresponding to 'dear little Mozart'