Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler

by Jens Malte Fischer

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Gustav Mahler by Jens Malte Fischer

A best seller when first published in Germany in 2003, Jens Malte Fischer's Gustav Mahler has been lauded by scholars as a landmark work. He draws on important primary resources—some unavailable to previous biographers—and sets in narrative context the extensive correspondence between Mahler and his wife, Alma; Alma Mahler's diaries; and the memoirs of Natalie Bauer-Lechner, a viola player and close friend of Mahler, whose private journals provide insight into the composer's personal and professional lives and his creative process.

Fischer explores Mahler's early life, his relationship to literature, his achievements as a conductor in Vienna and New York, his unhappy marriage, and his work with the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic in his later years. He also illustrates why Mahler is a prime example of artistic idealism worn down by Austrian anti-Semitism and American commercialism. Gustav Mahler is the best-sourced and most balanced biography available about the composer, a nuanced and intriguing portrait of his dramatic life set against the backdrop of early 20th century America and fin de siècle Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300172195
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/09/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,024,895
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jens Malte Fischer is professor of the history of theater at the University of Munich. Stewart Spencer is an acclaimed translator whose work includes biographies of Richard Wagner, Cosima Wagner, and W.A. Mozart, all published by Yale University Press.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

1 What Did Mahler Look Like? An Attempt at a Description 1

2 Small Steps: Kalischt and Iglau (1860-75) 12

3 Studies in Vienna (1875-80) 42

4 The Summer Conductor: Bad Hall (1880) 90

5 Emotional Ups and Downs in Laibach (1881-2) 99

6 For the Last Time in the Provinces: Olmutz (1882-3) 108

7 Presentiment and a New Departure: Kassel (1883-5) 114

8 The Avid Reader: Mahler and Literature 125

9 Becoming Mahler: Prague (1885-6) 140

10 The First Symphony 148

11 Life's Vicissitudes: Leipzig (1886-8) 157

12 Notes on Mahler's Songs 168

13 Lowland Dreams: Budapest (1888-91) 178

14 The Conductor 191

15 The Second Symphony 202

16 Self-Realization: Hamburg (1891-7) 208

17 Jewishness and Identity 251

18 The Third Symphony 274

19 The God of the Southern Climes: Vienna (1897-1901) 282

20 Mahler's Illnesses: A Pathographical Sketch 321

21 The Fourth Symphony 333

22 Vienna in 1900: Alma as a Young Woman (1901-3) 340

23 The Fifth Symphony 385

24 'Nothing is lost to you': Faith and Philosophy 392

25 The Sixth Symphony 409

26 Opera Reform - Early Years of Marriage - Mahler's Compositional Method (1903-5) 416

27 The Seventh Symphony 458

28 The Administrator - Contemporaries - Signs of Crisis (1905-7) 464

29 The Eighth Symphony 519

30 Annus Terribilis (1907) 527

31 Das Lied von der Erde 562

32 Starting Afresh: New York (1908-11) 568

33 The Ninth Symphony 611

34 Crisis and Culmination (1910) 620

35 The Fragmentary Tenth Symphony 662

36 'My heart is weary' - The Farewell 666

37 Mahler and Posterity 691

List of Abbreviations 707

Notes 709

Select Bibliography 734

Index 740

Acknowledgements 765

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