Symphonic Metamorphoses: Subjectivity and Alienation in Mahler's Re-Cycled Songs / Edition 1

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This revelatory new book takes readers far beyond most existing critical analyses of Mahler's work, escaping the tired traps of broad historical survey and formalist plot summary. Symphonic Metamorphoses considers Mahler’s early practice of basing his symphonies on pre-existing songs and elaborates how this practice informs the techniques and tropes of Mahler’s musico-cultural discourse, involving montage, social satire, subjectivity, autonomy, alienation, childhood, absolute music, time and cosmology. Raymond Knapp explores these themes with persuasive readings backed by impeccable scholarship, providing insights into the organic link between Mahler's music and his historo-cultural sphere. Knapp's look at Mahler is unique in terms of both the depth of its inquiry and the freshness of its approach. Symphonic Metamorphoses is a graceful and vital addition to Mahler studies and to musicological studies in general.
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Richard Leppert
"Symphonic Metamorphoses is a major contribution to the study of the late romantic symphony. Knapp is a superb writer: the arguments are focused, invariably clear and jargon-free, at the same time the analyses are penetrating."
Richard Leppert, Samuel Russell Distinguished Professor of Humanities, University of Minnesota
Richard Leppert
“Symphonic Metamorphoses is a major contribution to the study of the late romantic symphony. Knapp is a superb writer: the arguments are focused, invariably clear and jargon-free, at the same time the analyses are penetrating.”
Tamara Levitz
“This is a highly significant book that contributes in a profound way to research on Mahler. All musicologists should read it. Symphonic Metamorphoses breaks new ground on many levels.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819566355
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2003
  • Series: Music Culture
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

RAYMOND KNAPP is Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of California at Los Angeles and the author of Brahms and the Challenge of the Symphony (1997).
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
Note Regarding Musical References
1 Songs into Symphonies: Problems and Rationales 1
2 Montage and Contexture: "Das Himmlische Leben" and the Third and Fourth Symphonies 13
3 Representing Alienation: "Absolute Music" as a Topic: "Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt" and the Second Symphony 71
4 The Autonomy of Musical Presence (I): "Ablosung im Sommer" and the Third Symphony 121
5 Subjectivity and Selfhood: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and the First Symphony 151
6 Beyond Selfhood: The Autonomy of Musical Presence (II) 195
7 Epilogue: Reclaiming Childhood in the Fourth Symphony 209
Notes 259
Works Cited 305
Index 313
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