Experiencing Mahler : a listener's companion /

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Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield,, United States, p.xxii, 249 pages ; (2020)

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Includes discography (pages 237-240), bibliographical references (pages 241-243) and index."Arved Ashby takes readers into the seeming chaos of Mahler's work to investigate the elements which make each piece an experiential adventure. The book surveys Mahler's symphonies and song cycles in detail, introducing them as intensely vivid, truthful, and lived and felt experiences"--"Experiencing Mahler surveys the symphonies and major song sets of Gustav Mahler, presenting them not just as artworks but as vivid and deeply felt journeys. Mahler took the symphony, a tradition-bound genre in Western music, and opened it to the widest span of human experience, introducing themes such as love, nature, death, rebirth, seeking one's creator, and God. Arved Ashby offers the non-specialist a general introduction into Mahler's works, investigating the elements that make them experiential adventures that have redefined the symphonic genre in new ways. In addition to the standard nine symphonies, Ashby discusses Das Lied von der Erde, the three most commonly heard song sets (the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder, and Rückert-Lieder), and the unfinished Tenth Symphony (in Cooke's edition)" --