The Mahler Symphonies: Unlocking the Masters Series, Número 2

Amadeus Press, 1 nov. 2004 - 224 páginas
(Unlocking the Masters). Since Gustav Mahler was rediscovered in the early 1960s, his symphonies have become arguably the most popular works in the modern orchestral repertoire. Mahler's Symphonies: An Owner's Manual is the first discussion of the ten completed symphonies (No. 1-9 plus "The Song of the Earth") to offer music lovers and record collectors a comprehensive overview of the music itself, what it sounds like, how it is organized, its form, content, and meaning, as it strikes today's listeners. The book caters to the novice as David Hurwitz describes what the listener will hear, section by section, using simple cues such as important instrumental solos, recognizable tunes, climaxes, and other easily audible musical facts. He explains how each work is arranged, how the various parts relate to each other, and how one work leads to the next. It describes the emotional extravagance that lies at the root of Mahler's popularity, the consistency of his symphonic thinking, the relationship of each work to its companions, and his dazzling and revolutionary use of orchestral instruments to create an expressive musical language that is varied in content and immediate in impact. The accompanying audio contains recordings from Symphony No. 1, Third Movement; Symphony No. 2, First Movement; Symphony No. 5, Third Movement ; and Symphony No. 7, Second Movement : "Nachtmusik I."

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The last of the great late-romantic composers, Gustav Mahler was born in Austria in 1860. Although born in the Jewish faith, he converted to Catholicism in 1897 but held a more expansive philosophy than either religion offered. Mahler began studying piano, harmony, and composition at the Vienna Conservatory at the age of 15. At the age of 20, he began conducting and held positions at the Budapest Imperial Opera (1880--90), the Hamburg Municipal Theater (1891--97), the Vienna State Opera (1897--1907), the Metropolitan Opera House of New York (1908--10), and the New York Philharmonic (1909--11). As a conductor, Mahler held his orchestras to very high standards, but it was as a composer of symphonies that he is best remembered and revered. Mahler completed nine symphonies and, at his death, left one unfinished which was later completed by another composer. He also wrote five series of songs for solo voices with orchestra. The last of these---"The Song of the Earth" (1908)---was first performed after Mahler's death and is thought by many music experts to be his finest work. In it, he expresses feelings of pleasure and foreboding, both of which characterized the mood of the late romantic period. Mahler's work often mixed simplicity with sophistication, lofty ideas with strong feelings, and the grotesque or fantastic with the common and ordinary. While Mahler's symphonies are regarded as the high point of the romantic period, they also include elements that foreshadowed the age to follow, influencing such composers as Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and Anton von Webern.

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