Gustav Mahler: Volume 3. Vienna: Triumph and Disillusion (1904-1907)

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OUP Oxford, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 1000 pages
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Gustav Mahler was one of the supremely gifted musicians of his generation. His contemporaries came to know him as a composer of startling originality whose greatest successes with the public never failed to provoke controversy among the critics. As a conductor, his relentless pursuit of perfection was sometimes viewed as tyrannical by the singers and musicians who came under his baton. Professor Henry-Louis de La Grange has devoted over thirty years of painstaking research to this study of Mahlers life and works. His biography, ultimately to be completed in four volumes, is drawn from a vast archive of documents, autographs, and pictures, assembled by La Grange at the Bibliothèque Musicale Gustav Mahler, Paris. This third volume covers the years 1904-1907 and shows Mahler in his final years at the Hofoper coping with the rival demands on his energy and creative powers of the Opera on the one hand and his continuing struggle for recognition as a composer in his own right on the other. The first signs of marital difficulties with Alma emerge. Mahlers trials culminate in 1907 with the death of Putzi, his eldest daughter, a terminal crisis at the Opera which makes him decide to leave Vienna, and the alarming diagnosis by the doctors of a cardiac deficiency. True to life portraits are drawn of Mahler the human being, the family man, and the composer, as well as the administrator, producer, and conductor at the Vienna Opera. Innumerable testimonies and anecdotes throw new light on the many aspects of Mahler's complex personality.
 

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Contents

First Performance of the Fifth Symphony Second
1
Mahler in Vienna XVIIIDas Rheingold Mahler and Viennese
77
Mahler in Vienna XIXPfitzner in ViennaDie Rose
146
Mahler in Vienna XXThe Graz Festival Correspondence with
211
Mahler in Vienna XXIThe Mozart YearCost fan tutte
285
Mahler in Vienna XXIISalome in GrazPremiere of
395
Mahler in Vienna XXIIICaruso in ViennaLe Juif
473
Mahler in Vienna XXIVThe Third in BerlinEncounters
545
Mahler in Vienna XXVIWeingartner is appointed
701
Catalogue of Mahlers Works
799
Detailed History and Analysis of Works Composed
808
The Vienna Opera in Mahlers Time
939
Two Letters of Seigfried Lipiner Addressed
955
Analysis of Alma Mahlers Handwriting
961
Index
973
Copyright

Mahler in Vienna XXVCrete Wiesenthal and La Muette
617

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Henry-Louis de La Grange is President of the Gustav Mahler Musical Library, Paris. He is also a chevalier of the Order of the Legion d'honneur, and an officer of the Ordre du Merite.

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