Gustav Mahler: Volume 2. Vienna: The Years of Challenge (1897-1904) by HENRY-LOUIS DE LA GRANGEGustav Mahler: Volume 2. Vienna: The Years of Challenge (1897-1904) by HENRY-LOUIS DE LA GRANGE

Gustav Mahler: Volume 2. Vienna: The Years of Challenge (1897-1904)

byHENRY-LOUIS DE LA GRANGE

Hardcover | May 1, 1995

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Gustav Mahler was one of the supremely gifted musicians of his generation. His contemporaries came to know him as a composer of startling originality whose greatest successes with the public never failed to provoke controversy among the critics. As a conductor, his relentless pursuit ofperfection was sometimes viewed as tyrannical by the singers and musicians who came under his baton. Professor Henry-Louis de La Grange has devoted over thirty years of painstaking resarch to this study of Mahler's life and works. His biography, ultimately to be completed in four volumes, is drawnfrom a vast archive of documents, autographs, and pictures, assembled by La Grange at the Bibliotheque Musicale Gustav Mahler, Paris. This second volume covers the years 1897-1904, when the focus shifts to Vienna. It opens with Mahler's triumphant debut as director of the Vienna Court Opera, and follows with the revolution he wrought there in standards of performance and, with the Secession painter Alfred Roller, in scenicrepresentation. An account is also given of Mahler's story and brief engagement as conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Concerts, following Richter's resignation in 1989. La Grange depicts the brilliant society of pre-war Vienna, then the centre of the intellectual and artistic world; theextraordinary range of artists among whom Mahler lived and worked included the composers Dvorak, Gustave Charpentier, Richard Strauss, Zemlinsky, and Schoenberg and his two disciples, Berg and Webern; the painters architects and decorators of the Secession with Klmit at their head; the writersHauptmann, Dehmel, Hofmannsthal, and Schnitzler. There he also met Alma Schindler, 'the most beautiful woman in Vienna', and La Grange tells the story of their engagement and marriage in 1902 and the early years of their tempestuous relationship. As his fame spread throughout Europe, Mahlertravelled with his music to Germany, Russia, Holland, Poland, and Belguim, meeting many other leading musicians of his day, including Pfitzner, Mengelberg, Diepenbrock, Oskar Fried, and many others. During this period Mahler wrote some of his best-loved works, including the fourth and Fifth Symphonies, and the three orchestral song-cyles and collections - the Wunderhorn -, Ruckert-, and Kindertotenlieder. For each of these works La Grange provides full notes and analytical descriptions.Scrupulously researched, richly documented, this is a study worthy of the extraordinary artistic achievement of Gustav Mahler's Vienna years.
President of the Bibliotheque musicale Gustav Mahler in Paris, Henry-Louis de La Grange is Chevalier of the Order of the Legion d'honneur, and Officier of the Ordre du Merite.
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Title:Gustav Mahler: Volume 2. Vienna: The Years of Challenge (1897-1904)Format:HardcoverDimensions:912 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 2.05 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Gustav Mahler was one of the supremely gifted musicians of his generation. His contemporaries came to know him as a composer of startling originality whose greatest successes with the public never failed to provoke controversy among the critics. As a conductor, his relentless pursuit of perfection was sometimes viewed as tyrannical by the singers and musicians who came under his baton. Professor Henry-Louis de La Grange has devoted more than thirty years of painstaking research to this study of Mahler's life and works. His biography, ultimately to be completed in four volumes, is drawn from a vast archive of documents, autographs, and pictures, assembled by La Grange at the Bibliotheque musicale Gustav Mahler, Paris. This second volume covers the years 1897-1904, when the focus shifts to Vienna. It opens with Mahler's triumphant debut as director of the Vienna Court Opera, and follows with the revolution he wrought in standards of performance and, with the Secessionist painter Alfred Roller, in scenic representation. An account is also given of Mahler's stormy and

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`Now Mr de La Grange has finally brought out a revised translation of "Vienna: The Years of Challenge (1987-1904)" ... the first of two volumes covering Mahler's 10 years as director of the Vienna Court Opera. it was worth the wait. "Vienna: The Years of Challenge" is not just a biography butalso a masterly work of cultural history, a portrait of musical Vienna unprecedented in its richness and comprehension. Though Mr de La Grange has much to say about Mahler's compositions, his book is primarily a chronicle of the life and times of a great orchestral conductor and operatic director.'The Wall Street Journal