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Table of Contents
|Preface: After Mahler, Another Deluge?||p. vii|
|Introduction: Desperately Seeking Mahler||p. xi|
|Some Frequently Asked Questions||p. 3|
|Who is Mahler?: The Life and Times|
|Living in a Nowhere Land (1860-1875)||p. 21|
|City of Dreams (1875-1887)||p. 34|
|A Symphony Like the World (1887-1891)||p. 46|
|Rise Again (1891-1894)||p. 58|
|What Love Tells Me (1895-1897)||p. 72|
|A Taste of Power (1897-1900)||p. 86|
|The Most Beautiful Girl in Vienna (1901)||p. 103|
|Small Interludes of Happiness (1902-1906)||p. 121|
|Three Hammerblows (1907)||p. 140|
|Discovering America (1907-1910)||p. 152|
|"To Live for You, To Die for You" (1910-1911)||p. 177|
|After Mahler (1911-2010)||p. 198|
|A Question of Interpretation||p. 211|
|How to Mahler|
|Finding the Key to a Private Space||p. 261|
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The Vienna of Freud, Mahler, Mach, Wittgenstein, Schnitzler, Herzl, Trotsky, and the young Hitler forged the world we know today. It was a meeting point of individualism and collectivism, egotism and idealism, the erotic and the ascetic, the elevated and the debased. At its center whirled Gustav Mahler . . . The man and his music are central to our understanding of the course of civilization and the nature of human relationships.
Art that is both high and low, original and derived, breathtaking and banal, Mahler’s music resists textbook analysis. It is an open-ended mind game of intellectual and ironic discourse, a voyage of discovery that combines self-revelation, consolation, and renewal . . . Each symphony is a search engine for inner truths. To know Mahler is ultimately to know ourselves.
From the Hardcover edition.