ISBN: 9781402207587

Published: 10/01/2006

A gripping portrait of an extraordinary and controversial composer, from Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label—with two CDs and exclusive Web access.

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Sourcebooks MediaFusion and Naxos proudly present this fascinating biography of composer Gustav Mahler. Among other astonishing compositions, Mahler completed nine symphonies of tremendous emotional range and imaginative power. Stephen Johnson follows Mahler’s development as man and composer, and sets out the experiences—the personal joys and sorrows, as well as the broader cultural forces—that formed him and made him one of the most widely loved composers in classical music. This splendid volume comes complete with two CDs of carefully selected Mahler pieces. Readers also gain access to an exclusive website where they can hear the works in their entirety and explore additional content. A revolutionary biography utilizing traditional and new media, Mahler: His Life and Music provides a uniquely rounded portrait of this visionary composer and his earthshaking music. Naxos is the world’s leading classical music label and provider of classical music over the Internet at www.naxos.com.

About the Author

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson studied at the Northern School of Music, Manchester, under Alexander Goehr at Leeds University, then at Manchester University. Since then he has written regularly for The Independent and The Guardian, and was Chief Music Critic of The Scotsman. He has also broadcast frequently for BBC Radio 3, 4 and World Service, including a series of fourteen programs about the music of Bruckner for the centenary of the composer’s death. He is the author of Bruckner Remembered, a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Conducting, and a regular presenter for Radio 3’s Discovering Music. In 2003 Stephen was voted Amazon.com Classical Music Writer of the Year.


Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Three Times Homeless

Chapter 2: The Wanderer

Chapter 3: Resurrection

Chapter 4: Beyond All Bounds

Chapter 5: Alma

Chapter 6: Heights and Depths

Chapter 7: A Hymn to Eros

Chapter 8: Catastrophe

Chapter 9: ‘To Live for You, To Die for You’


Selected Bibliography


Annotations of CD Tracks



Chapter 1
Three Times Homeless

I am three times homeless: a native of Bohemia in Austria; an Austrian among Germans; a Jew throughout the world.

Of all the remarks attributed to Gustav...

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Early in his career, Gustav Mahler wrote lengthy program notes for listeners struggling to comprehend his first two symphonies. Later Mahler gave up on such notes. But with this ...

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Format: Hardcover

Length: 8.75 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 0.96 oz
Page Count: 224 pages


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