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5.0 out of 5 stars Gustav Mahler - a biography, 8 Nov. 2012
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Dr. H. A. Jones "Howard Jones" (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a splendid and easily readable study of the composer's life and work. Michael Kennedy is a well-known journalist and music critic, the author of more than twenty books on a wide variety of subjects in music. In the first half of the book there is a chronological treatment of Mahler's life and work. The second half of this biography is taken up with a discussion of some of Mahler's compositions, beginning with the songs, working through the 10 symphonies, and with a whole short chapter on Das Lied von der Erde. There are just a few photographs in a Plate section in the middle of the book. This book is another in the Master Musicians Series so has the characteristic of other titles in this series of several valuable Appendixes: a Calendar of events, a Catalogue of Works, details of Mahler's friends, a short Bibliography, and an interesting couple of pages on Mahler's `retouching' as it is called of Beethoven's symphonies - for Mahler of course was professionally a conductor and only incidentally, when he had time, a composer. The book provides an excellent introduction to Mahler and a useful introductory survey for listeners to his music. Those seeking a deeper exploration of Mahler's life could read the profusely illustrated biography by Kurt Blaukopf published by Thames and Hudson. Half of this latter book is taken up with documents pertaining to Mahler's life.
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