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Mahler: A Biography

Mahler A Biography The focus is on Mahler s last decade his tempestuous marriage to the alluring Alma Schindler his work as a summer composer in isolated huts in the country his revolutionary achievements as director

  • Title: Mahler: A Biography
  • Author: Jonathan Carr
  • ISBN: 9780879518875
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • The focus is on Mahler s last decade, his tempestuous marriage to the alluring Alma Schindler, his work as a summer composer in isolated huts in the country, his revolutionary achievements as director of the Vienna opera and his final years in America But it sets the stage by looking into Mahler s earlier career as a talented, ambitious, and often ruthless conductor.InThe focus is on Mahler s last decade, his tempestuous marriage to the alluring Alma Schindler, his work as a summer composer in isolated huts in the country, his revolutionary achievements as director of the Vienna opera and his final years in America But it sets the stage by looking into Mahler s earlier career as a talented, ambitious, and often ruthless conductor.In her memoirs Alma drew Mahler as a sickly, cerebral recluse Arnold Schoenberg called him a saint Leonard Bernstein, largely responsible for the Mahler boom in the Sixties, found a secret shame at the heart of Mahler s music, the shame of being a Jew and the shame of being ashamed Jonathan Carr looks behind these myths, and using letters, diaries, and other material hitherto unavailable in English, he brilliantly challenges some of the most widely held assumptions about Mahler.

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    1. This brief biography of my favorite composer accomplishes what its correct subtitle promises, that being summarizing Mahler's life. If you are looking for in-depth analysis of his works themselves then look elsewhere, that is not Carr's purview, at least as narrated here. Here we are presented a very readable account of the events, people, influences, and culture surrounding the many periods of Mahler's development as a conductor and composer.Perhaps the best feature of this book is to dispel so [...]


    2. Carr focuses most of his attention on the later years of the composer's life, and provides lots of insightful commentary on each of Mahler's major works, addressing and debunking more than a few common myths which have arisen over the years around some of these compositions. Many who would read this biography will come to it already knowing and appreciating much of his music, and I am no exception to the rule. If you are not already a fan of his music, this book might not have the same charm for [...]


    3. Having attempted and getting bogged down in Jens Fischer's 700+ page epic bio of Mahler, I wanted something a little more digestible and this book fit the bill perfectly. Just the right amount of narrative and detail to get a good idea about Mahler's life. The music doesn't get as thorough a treatment as in the Fiacher book, but that's OK.


    4. I really loved how objective the author was in his analysis of Mahler's life. There were several instances in which he specifically states that there's some argumentation as to what transpired in certain times in the composer's life, and always he would put forth all of the possibilities. Of course, there was his own opinion thrown in there usually, but I feel like most authors would have treated their own views as the definitive word.On the other side, I really enjoyed getting to know more abou [...]


    5. A great conventional biography of Gustav Mahler. Emphasis is placed on both his musical as well as his personal life. He doesn't attempt to vilify his wife Alma like so many authors seem to relish. She's certainly no saint, but neither is the great Mahler. It was simply gratifying, after listening to the man's music for decades, to appreciate all that he went through to get his creations heard. In some ways I was relieved that he didn't live to see the expulsion of so many of his compatriotsScho [...]


    6. So far, this book is interesting. And it's funny some of the stories they tell about Mahler! Such as him at the age of three going out side in nothing but a shirt and an accordian! And that when he conducted, he was threatend physically, filed against, AND chalenged to a duel! that's just great xD--Anyway, I doubt i'll ever read every single word in this book, for I'm only doing so for a paper. But it's interesting if you want to get to know the life of the Post-Romantic Compser Gustav Mahler~


    7. An excellent biography of my favorite composer. He led a colorful life. This book can't decide whether to be popular or scholarly, so to some extent it fails at both. There are a too many digressions and obscure details for the casual reader, but not enough analysis or notes to satisfy an academic. Nonetheless if you love Mahler, and want to read about his life, I'm not aware of any book that's better.


    8. This readable biography about Gustav Mahler flashed by. There is some technical material, but primarily, the biography focuses on his life. Mahler's life fits my tortured artistic genius theory- as in, you have to be one in order to produce great work. Knowing the biography will influence my reaction to hearing Mahler's work performed.


    9. Well researched and entertaining biography. Mahler comes off as a complicated individual. As usual, his music came first and relationships second. There is a good mix of biographical information and musical analysis. The book includes a decent amount of photographs too.


    10. As it says on the back, Carr debunks several myths about Gustav Mahler during the course of this very engaging biography. Don't look for any musical analysis here, but if you want a well-told account of the life of the composer who said the symphony "must contain the entire world," look no further.


    11. From Carr's biography of Mahler, I have learned extraordinary insights into one of my favorite composers. What a spirit!



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