9780300194111

Gustav Mahler

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  • ISBN13:

    9780300194111

  • ISBN10:

    0300194110

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2013-04-30
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Summary

A best seller when first published in Germany in 2003, Jens Malte Fischer's Gustav Mahlerhas been lauded by scholars as a landmark work. He draws on important primary resourcessome unavailable to previous biographersand 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 Mahleris 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 siecle Europe.

Author Biography

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.

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