Why Mahler?: How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed Our World

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 1, 2011 - Music - 322 pages
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Why Mahler? Why does his music affect us in the way it does?
Norman Lebrecht, one of the world’s most widely read cultural commentators, has been wrestling obsessively with Mahler for half his life. Following Mahler’s every footstep from birthplace to grave, scrutinizing his manuscripts, talking to those who knew him, Lebrecht constructs a compelling new portrait of Mahler as a man who lived determinedly outside his own times. Mahler was—along with Picasso, Einstein, Freud, Kafka, and Joyce—a maker of our modern world.Why Mahler?is a book that shows how music can change our lives.


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User Review  - vpfluke - LibraryThing

The music of Gustav Mahler has always been compelling for me. This book is both a biography of the man and a deep analysis of his ten symphonies. Lebrecht, besides describing the impetus for each of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert-Jan Van Amstel - Goodreads

A good read to get involved in the complex life of Gustav Mahler. I really liked the personal thoughts of Norman Lebrecht about why he likes the music of Mahler so much. Because of this book I'm more attached to the excellent and deep touching music of Mahler. Read full review

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Norman Lebrecht has written several best-selling works of nonfiction, including The Maestro Myth and Who Killed Classical Music? He is also the award-winning author of the novels The Song of Names and The Game of Opposites. He writes regularly for Bloomberg.com and The Wall Street Journal, and he presents The Lebrecht Interview series on BBC Radio 3 and The Record Doctor on WNYC. He lives in London.

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