Discovering Mahler: Writings on Mahler, 1955-2005

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Boydell Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 680 pages
Discovering Mahler is the fourth and final volume of Donald Mitchell's unique studies of Mahler and his music. This new publication fills the remaining gaps in the scrutiny of Mahler's works in the series, principally the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies, with the Ninth and Tenth. It begins with a substantial survey of Mahler's music, commissioned for the sixth edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980), but here printed in full for the first time. A striking feature throughout this collection is the examination of the revelatory role of the performer; this is epitomized in transcripts of significant conversations about the Fifth and Seventh Symphonies with, respectively, Riccardo Chailly and Bernard Haitink. The concluding section consists of major lectures and celebratory essays, some here published for the first time in English. These form a fascinating and frequently moving personal testament to a lifetime, and specifically fifty working years, of discovering Mahler. Donald Mitchell's three previous studies of Mahler are among the enduring monuments of postwar Mahler literature. He was awarded the Gustav Mahler Medal of Honour of the International Gustav Mahler Society in Vienna in 1987, and was appointed CBE in 2002.

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Contents

List of Illustrations page
ix
A Note on Editorial Method and Acknowledgements
xxxiv
Bibliographical Abbreviations xi
xlix
Mahlers Opus 1
73
The Early Songs for Voice
91
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
112
Mahlers Hungarian Glissando
125
His Encounter with Evolution
139
Das Trinklied von der Erde?
456
Landscape into Music
477
A Wrong Note Righted
490
New Formal Thinking
496
Some Notes on Mahlers Tenth Symphony
506
A Modern in Two Centuries
517
Significant Influences
537
Chailly Mahler and the Italian Connection
550

Mahlers Fourth Symphony
155
Mahlers Kammermusikton 200
184
Eternity or Nothingness? Mahlers Fifth Symphony
225
A Dialogue with Riccardo Chailly
353
The only Sixth
381
His Seventh Symphony
394
A Dialogue with Bernard Haitink
411
The Triumph of Eros
447
Our Debt
556
19362003
597
Dearest Ted
625
The Correct Order of the Middle Movements
633
Completions of Mahler s Tenth
648
Critical Editions of Mahlers Works
657
Index of Mahlers Works
673
Copyright

About the author (2007)

Donald Mitchell is chairman of the publishing house of Faber Music, Ltd. His books include "Benjamin Britten" (edited with Hans Keller); "The Mozart Companion" (edited with H.C. Robbins Landon); "The Language of Modern Music"; an annotated and revised edition of Alma Mahler's "Memories and Letters"; and "Benjamin Britten, Pictures from a Life, 1913-1976" (with John Evans).

Richard Alston is Professor of Roman History, Royal Holloway University of London.

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