- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (May 17, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198164807
- ISBN-13: 978-0198164807
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9 inches
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He noted in the Preface, "his music is popular to a degree that no one could have foreseen in, say, the 1950s. But Mahlerians must not exaggerate the extent of his neglect in the years from 1911 to about 1960. A devoted group of conductors... kept his name before the public." (Pg. ix) Mahler is perhaps characterized by his saying, "The symphony is the world! The symphony must embrace everything." (Pg. 2)
OBserving that his career was halted due to "the intensifying anti-Semitism in Germany and Austria and the unwritten law that posts such as the Vienna directorship were not available to non-Catholics. Mahler had a Jewish upbringing ... (but) he ceased to observe any religious ritual when he went to Vienna in 1875." (Pg. 48) Ultimately, Mahler converted to Catholicism in 1897, and "He told Ludwig Karpath that he had taken this step 'from an instinct of self-preservation' and that it had cost him 'a great deal.' The theory, propounded by Leonard Bernstein, that Mahler was thereafter ravaged by guilt for betraying his Jewishness, cannot be substantiated and seems highly unlikely." (Pg. 48)
He reports that "Mahler's short spell with the [New York] Philharmonic was a failure. After his death the New York Tribune wrote: 'He was looked upon as a great artist, and possibly he was one, but he failed to convince the people of New York of the fact and, therefore, his New York career was not a success.' Why not? As with the Vienna Philharmonic, he aroused the dislike of many of the players." (Pg. 90)
While writing the Fourth Symphony, he wrote, "In my works there are many traces and emanations of such time, too, it's the forest, with its marvels and terrors, that dominates me and steals into my world of sound. I see it more and more: one does not compose, one IS composed!" (Pg. 130)
This book is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to go further into the study of the man and his music.