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Title The Eighth : Mahler and the world in 1910 / Stephen Johnson.
Author Johnson, Stephen, 1955- author.
Publication Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2020.
Copyright date ©2020
Description v, 314 pages : music ; 23 cm
Call # 784.2184 J
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-300) and index.
Summary "The world premiere of Gustav Mahler's Eighth Symphony in Munich in 1910 was the artistic breakthrough for which the composer had yearned all his life, filling Munich's huge Neue Musik-Festhalle on two successive evenings to rapturous and tumultuous applause. Representatives of many European royal houses were in attendance, along with luminaries of literary and musical world. Also in attendance were Alma Mahler, the composer's young wife, and Alma's longtime lover, the architect Walter Gropius. Knowledge of their relationship would precipitate an emotional crisis in Mahler that, compounded with his heart condition and the death of his young daughter Maria, would lead to his premature death the next year, in 1911. In The Eighth, Stephen Johnson provides a masterful account of the symphony's far-reaching effect on composers, conductors, and writers of the time--Berg and Schoenberg, the teenage Korngold, Bruno Walter and Klemperer, and Zweig and Mann. Johnson's story of the masterpiece and of the fate of the man who created it makes for absorbing reading and will be a must-read for classical music lovers"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction : The arrival of the Queen of Heaven -- Setting the stage -- 'Arise, light of the sense" -- Why symphony? -- Interlude -- behind the scenes : Alma and Walter, August-September 1910 -- God or demon? -- Approaching the inexpressible : words and music in Mahler's Eighth symphony -- Questions of identity -- The shadow falls -- 'To live for you, to die for you' -- Coda : 14 September 1910 -- 18 May 1911.
Subject Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911.
Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911. Symphonies, no. 8, E♭ major.
Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911 -- Appreciation.
Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911 -- Family.
Mahler, Alma, 1879-1964.
Music -- First performances -- Germany -- Munich.
Composers -- Austria.
Jewish composers -- Austria.
Mahler, Alma, 1879-1964. (OCoLC)fst00000537
Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911. (OCoLC)fst00055671
Symphonies (Mahler, Gustav) (OCoLC)fst01356457
Art appreciation. (OCoLC)fst00815447
Composers. (OCoLC)fst00871620
Families. (OCoLC)fst01728849
Jewish composers. (OCoLC)fst01199220
Music -- First performances. (OCoLC)fst01030325
Austria. (OCoLC)fst01204901
Germany -- Munich. (OCoLC)fst01205308
ISBN 022674082X (hardcover) :
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