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|Austria Composer - Gustav Mahler|
(Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Angelegenheiten (Austria Tourism site))
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|Composer Gustav Mahler struggled to balance two worlds|
In this fascinating interview in Real Audio, researchers Frances
Wainwright and Marilyn Powell introduce us to the emotional
complexities of the great composer, Gustav Mahler. They say he was
happy and sad, and sweet and intense. He was the confident outsider. He
expressed both love and pain through his music. Who was the true
Mahler? There is a definite anguish imbedded in the duality if his
life. From somewhere within these contradictions, these researchers
reveal the secret to Mahler's enduring worldwide appeal.
(William Beh, The Flying Inkpot)
You may be familiar with Mahler's popular but ponderous symphonies that
last up to an hour. This humorous essay, sponsored by "Fortepiano
Pharmaceuticals", describes the various levels of the infectious
disease, "Mahleria." Millions of people contract this disease and
become fanatical about Mahler's music. The disease is most contagious
in concert halls, CD shops and newsgroups. Mild cases are treatable
through anti-mahlerian drugs in the form of music by Bach, Haydn, and
Sibelius. Virulent cases require much stronger dosages in the form of
Madonna, Stevie Wonder, and Elves Presley. The author describes how to
identify people who are infected, how to diagnose the intensity of the
disease, and how to avoid unhealthy contact. Sometimes, the only method
of prevention is to pretend one is already infected, to find a chance
for escape at the earliest opportunity.
|The Mahler Symphonies :
A synoptic survey
Whilst Mahler continues to be a divisive figure within classical music,
the issue of his relevance remains insistent. Composers acknowledging
his influence are as diverse as Schoenberg and Britten, and conductors
willing to testify to his artistry include Bernstein and Solti. Mahler
is (in)famous, of course, for composing elaborate music built around--
or alternately, deriving from--major themes. This recent collection of
individual essays provides a synoptic survey of each of the 9
Symphonies. The aim is to see how a musical whole relates to its
thematic parts, and the way the musical parts relate to a greater
thematic whole. Mahler is revealed as a visionary working his way
towards his own all-encompassing and self-reflexive musical Essay.
Expect your eyes, and ears, to be opened.