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

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

by Raymond Knapp
 

ISBN-10: 0819566357

ISBN-13: 9780819566355

Pub. Date: 07/31/2003

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819566355
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2003
Series:
Music Culture
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.23(d)

Table of Contents

MONTAGE AND CONTEXTURE - “Das Himmlische Leben” and the Third and Fourth Symphonies
The Kuleshov Effect
Lullaby
“Das irdsche Leben”
The Third Symphony
“Es sungen drei Engel”
The Motivic Design of the Extended Narrative
The Fourth Symphony
“Der hangt voll Geigen”

REPRESENTING ALIENATION: “ABSOLUTE MUSIC” AS A TOPIC - Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt” and the Second Symphony
Sybil: Classical Music and Alienation
Between Song and Program
“Des Antonious von Padua Fischpredigt”
“In ruhig fliessender Bewegung”
“As if Deformed by a Concave Mirror”
“Absolute Music” as a Topic
Representing alienation

THE AUTONOMY OF MUSICAL PRESENCE - “Ablosung im Sommer” and the Third Symphony
Songs into Symphonies
“Ablosung im Sommer”
“Der Postillion”
“What the creatured of thee Forest Tell me”
What the creatures of the forest hear
Incompatible Visions of the Forest
“Absolute Music” and narrative identity

SUBJECTIVITY AND SELFHOOD - Leidr cines fahrenden Geselen and the First Symphony
Subjectivity…
Song cycles into Symphony
“Spring and No End”
Commedia humana
… And Selfhood (Subjectivity Objectified)

BEYOND SELFHOOD: THE AUTONOMY OF MUSICAL PRESENCE

EPILOGUE: RECLAIMING CHIDHOOD IN THE FOURTH SYMPHONY
Why Childhood?
Sleigh Bells
The First Movement
Freund Hein
The Second Movement
Child Love, Child Death

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