Mahler's Symphonies

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(Unlocking the Masters). Since Gustav Mahler was rediscovered in the early 1960s, his symphonies have become arguably the most popular works in the modern orchestral repertoire. Mahler's Symphonies: An Owner's Manual is the first discussion of the ten completed symphonies (No. 1-9 plus "The Song of the Earth") to offer music lovers and record collectors a comprehensive overview of the music itself, what it sounds like, how it is organized, its form, content, and meaning, as it strikes today's listeners. The book caters to the novice as David

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The Mahler Symphonies: Unlocking the Masters Series, No. 2

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(Unlocking the Masters). Since Gustav Mahler was rediscovered in the early 1960s, his symphonies have become arguably the most popular works in the modern orchestral repertoire. Mahler's Symphonies: An Owner's Manual is the first discussion of the ten completed symphonies (No. 1-9 plus "The Song of the Earth") to offer music lovers and record collectors a comprehensive overview of the music itself, what it sounds like, how it is organized, its form, content, and meaning, as it strikes today's listeners. The book caters to the novice as David Hurwitz describes what the listener will hear, section by section, using simple cues such as important instrumental solos, recognizable tunes, climaxes, and other easily audible musical facts. He explains how each work is arranged, how the various parts relate to each other, and how one work leads to the next. It describes the emotional extravagance that lies at the root of Mahler's popularity, the consistency of his symphonic thinking, the relationship of each work to its companions, and his dazzling and revolutionary use of orchestral instruments to create an expressive musical language that is varied in content and immediate in impact. The accompanying CD contains recordings from Symphony No. 1, Third Movement; Symphony No. 2, First Movement; Symphony No. 5, Third Movement ; and Symphony No. 7, Second Movement : "Nachtmusik I."

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  • ISBN-13: 9781574670998
  • Publisher: Amadeus Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Series: Unlocking the Masters Series
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 506,898
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    introduction to Mahler symphonic works with CD

    Hurwitz breaks down Mahler's nine symphonies plus his song cycle 'The Song of the Earth' into their parts as these contribute to the whole; and the parts too are broken down for their development, tone, and instruments. Analyses and commentary mingle with frequent metaphoric, near-poetic, evocations of musical passages. In the Fifth Movement of Symphony No. 5, 'Horn and woodwinds unfold a series of perky little tunes....' In the Second Movement, 'As this climax dies away trailing clouds of strings and horns, the woodwinds slither back in with sinister whirring scales.' Hurwitz also gives attention to the spiritual ideas and the emotions embodied in Mahler's music. The author of 'Beethoven or Bust: A Practical Guide to Learning About and Listening to Great Music,' Hurwitz writes about music in a style that is suitable for readers of all ages from young adults and up.

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