When the earlier volumes of de La Grange s monumental study of Gustav Mahler appeared, they were hailed across America in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications as an indispensable portrait of one of the greatest figures in the history of music Here at last is the final volume of this magisterial work The fourth volume illuminates the composer s American period, when he was conductor for the Metropolitan Opera in New York It contains a treasure trove of new material, in particular many unknown letters from Alma Mahler to her lover, Walter Gropius, and many articles and interviews about the composer and the performances he conducted while in New York This detailed biography of the composer also includes new and valuable insights into the final year of his life, when he returned to Europe to die The crowning point of a decades long project, during which the author has personally translated each volume from his original French into English, this scrupulously researched and insightfully written biography brings to a triumphant close the definitive account of Mahler s life and work....
|Title||:||Gustav Mahler, Vol. 4: A New Life Cut Short, 1907-1911|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press 1 edition April 7, 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||1758 pages|
|File Size||:||687 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Gustav Mahler, Vol. 4: A New Life Cut Short, 1907-1911 Reviews
This final installment of Henry-Louis de La Grange's massive four volume biography advances the idea that Mahler was not a death-driven broken man in his final years; rather he was about to embark on a "new life" that was cut short by an unexpected illness. Thus the unfinished 10th Symphony should be heard as a new beginning whose final bars are a paean to love, not a farewell.
I've never read 6,000 pages of ANYTHING in my life but, having just finished this last volume of La Grange's magnum opus, I confess I was glued to each of the four volumes. (Volume 2, which was published by Oxford recapitulates much of Vol 1.) In any event, this is an incredible work of biography, detailing almost every day the great Austrian maestro spent on earth.
Mahler devotees (and I'm certainly one of them)--people who have come to see Mahler as more than a great composer and conductor, have an almost religious reverence for all things related to Gustav Mahler. For many of us, his music contains a view of mankind, life and the universe that goes beyond what science and art can tell us.