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Why Mahler? Norman Lebrecht

Why Mahler? By Norman Lebrecht

Why Mahler? by Norman Lebrecht


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Summary

A century after his death, Gustav Mahler is the most important composer of modern times. Many believe his music has the power to heal emotional wounds and ease the pain of death. This title offers an account of Mahler's life and work, and also explores the Mahler Effect, a phenomenon that reaches deep into unsuspecting lives.

Why Mahler? Summary

Why Mahler?: How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed the World by Norman Lebrecht

A century after his death, Gustav Mahler is the most important composer of modern times. Displacing Beethoven as a box-office draw, his music offers more than the usual listening satisfactions. Many believe it has the power to heal emotional wounds and ease the pain of death. Others struggle with the intellectual fascination of its contradictory meanings. Long, loud and seldom easy, his symphonies are used to accompany acts of mourning and Hollywood melodramas. Sometimes dismissed as death-obsessed, Mahler is more alive in the 21st century than ever before. Why Mahler? Why does a Jewish musician from a land without a name capture the yearnings and anxieties of post-industrial society? Is it the music, it is the man, or is it the affinity we feel with his productive peak - a decade when Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Joyce and Mahler reconfigured the ways we understand life on earth? In this highly original account of Mahler's life and work, Norman Lebrecht - renowned writer, critic and cultural commentator - explores the Mahler Effect, a phenomenon that reaches deep into unsuspecting lives, altering the self-perceptions of world leaders, finance chiefs and working musicians. Why Mahler? is a multi-layered exploration of the role that music plays as a soundtrack to our lives.

About Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht is one of the most widely read commentators on music and cultural affairs. Based in London, his columns appear in many languages, including Chinese, and he is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3, Bloomberg and New York's WNYC. He has written twelve books about music, among which The Maestro Myth (1991) and Maestros, Masterpieces and Madness (2007) provoked lasting debate. He is also an award-winning novelist, collecting a Whitbread Prize for The Song of Names in 2002.

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GOR002691618
9780571260782
0571260780
Why Mahler?: How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed the World by Norman Lebrecht
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Faber & Faber
20100701
320
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