The Mahler Companion Paperback – 27 Jun 2002
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the one-stop guide to Mahler ― a volume of essays covering the widest range of Mahlerian topics, designed both for the academic and serious amateur music-lover ... The core of the compendium is its coverage of all the main works, carrying recent research, with plentiful musical examples and other illustrations. (Andrew Green, Classical Music 08/11/1999)
beautifully produced volume ... a tribute that surveys the familiar with affectionate new insights ... all the articles on Mahler's reception outside Austria, both during his life and after, make for fascinating reading. (David Nice, BBC Music Magazine October 1999)
The Mahler Companion constitutes a distinguished and fitting monument to Mitchell's lifelong devotion to Mahler, and, in mustering so much talent in one volume, there is no doubt that it will deservedly take its place among the most significant publications on the composer. (Jeremy Barham, Music & Letters)
About the Author
Dr Mitchell is a Trustee of the Britten-Pears Foundation and Chariman of the Britten Estate Ltd; Founder Professor of Music at the University of Sussex (1971 - 1976); and is currently visiting Professor at Sussex, York and King's College, London. He was awarded the Gustav Mahler Medal of Honour of the International Gustav Mahler Society in 1987, in Vienna. Dr Mitchell is Research Fellow in Romantic Studies in the Department of English, University of Bristol. His principal interest is in Byron having published several books on the poet, including Lord Byron: The Complete Miscellaneous Prose (OUP 1991).
Top Customer Reviews
The editors, as they note in the Introduction, provided very loose guidelines to the contributing essayists: Beyond refereeing the broad topics for inclusion, the editors largely gave carte blanche to the contributors regarding style and content. This "looseness of control" has resulted in a volume of both very considerable strengths (some of which I highlight here) and a few perplexing weaknesses and oversights which I allude to at the end of my comments.
The "logical bookends" of this volume are an opening essay by Leon Botstein, titled "Gustav Mahler's Vienna," and a closing essay by Wilfrid Mellers, titled "Mahler and the Great Tradition: Then and Now." The former sets the cultural, socio-political and philosophical stage of fin-de-siècle Vienna onto which Mahler entered, and the latter nicely summarizes how Mahler might fit into a continuum of musical composition and practice that preceded and succeeded him. (This new paperback edition also includes. at the end, two new essays, not present in the hardback edition, covering recollections of his daughter, Anna, and recently discovered Mahler "juvenilia" in the form early chamber music and songs.) In between these bookends, all of Mahler's music, and much about his life and times, and how he and his music were accepted (or not accepted) inside and outside Vienna, are covered.Read more ›
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