Gustav Mahler: Volume 4: A New Life Cut Short (1907-1911)

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9780198163879: Gustav Mahler: Volume 4: A New Life Cut Short (1907-1911)

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 over 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 Bibliothèque Musicale Gustav Mahler, Paris.
In his fourth volume on the life and works of Gustav Mahler, Professor Henry-Louis de La Grange covers the years 1907-1911 when, following the setbacks and tragic events in both his private and professional life in Vienna, Mahler sees a new life in New York as the opportunity to realise his dreams. Against the background of the rivalries within the theatres of the great New York families Mahler achieves his goal of establishing a truly professional orchestra worthy of that name, the new New York Philharmonic.
Throughout this period Mahler continued with European tours including France where he finally met Fauré, Dukas, Debussy, and Rodin. In September 1910 his eighth symphony was enthusiasticlly received in Munich.
Alma however, remained dissatisfied with this new life and its successes. Her affair with Walter Gropius revealed to Mahler the extent of the decline of their life together.
Returning to Vienna in 1911 and approaching his 51st birthday, Mahler died, leaving unfinished his 10th symphony. For more than 50 years following his death, Mahler's work was consigned to the wilderness until, revived by interest and performance, it took its rightful place in the repertoire.

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Pre-eminent study...with a remarkable array of detail, much of it delightfully arcane. ( Dow Jones Equities Wire)

So much of it is new, or newly re-explored, or freshly and radically re-interpreted... But this is not just a biography: it is more of a Mahler-Lexicon, almost a history of the age... [it] will be seen as one of the outstanding musical biographies of the past century. ( Hugh Wood, Times Literary Supplement)

this is a revelatory is hard to see that any further Mahler biography on this scale will ever be la Grange's Mahler will go on for ever. ( Bayan Northcott, BBC Music Magazine)

A gargantuan enterprise... La Grange has a sharp eye for revelatory nuances in the thousands of documents from which he has pieced together his Mahler portrait... He wields immense authority. ( Arnold Whittal, Musical Times)

Everything you ever wanted to know about Mahler is in here, somewhere... No-one who loves Mahler can deny the debt the world owes to his inexhaustible French biographer, the Boswell of the eighth arrondissement. ( Norman Lebrecht. Evening Standard.)


  • List of illustrations
  • Abbreviations
  • Chapter 1: Mahler in New York (I) - Discovering the New World - New York in 1908 - The Metropolitan Opera and Heinrich Conried - Tristan and Don Giovanni (January-February 1908)
  • Chapter 2: Mahler in New York (II) - The End of the Season at the Metropolitan - Die Walküre, Siegfried and Fidelio - Philadelphia and Boston - Return to Europe - Concerts in Wiesbaden and Prague - Toblach and Das Lied von der Erde (March-August 1908)
  • Chapter 3: Mahler in New York (III) - Première of the Seventh Symphony - Concerts in Munich and Hamburg - Return to New York - Concerts with the Symphony - Opening of the Metropolitan Season (September-December 1908)
  • Chapter 4: Mahler in New York (IV) - Figaro and Bartered Bride - Farewell to the Metropolitan - The New York Philharmonic - Two Weeks in Paris: Rodin - Contract withUniversal Edition - Schoenberg and Varèse (January-June 1909)
  • Chapter 5: Mahler in New York (V) - Summer in Toblach - The Ninth Symphony - The last Journey to Holland - The New York Philharmonic (June-December 1909)
  • Chapter 6: Mahler in New York (VI) - Social Life there - Second Half of the first Philharmonic Season - Busoni as Soloist - The Weiss Scandal - At the Met: Pique Dame - Tour of New England - Mahler interviewed (January-March 1910)
  • Chapter 7: Mahler in New York (VII) - Back in Europe - The Second Symphony in Paris - Disaster in Rome - Rehearsals for the Eighth Symphony in Vienna, Leipzig, Munich (April-July 1910)
  • Chapter 8: Mahler in New York (VIII) - Alma's Betrayal - The tragic Summer of 1910 - The Tenth Symphony - Consultation with Freud (July-August 1910)
  • Chapter 9: Mahler in New York (IX) - Munich: Triumph of the Eighth Symphony - Vienna, Autumn of 1910 - Paintings by Schoenberg - The Second Philharmonic Season - Tour to the Great Lakes - The Holidays in New York (September-December 1910)
  • Chapter 10: Mahler in New York (X) - Plans for the next Season - Mahler conducts a revised Fourth - Crisis with the Guarantors' Committee - Mahler and the New York Philharmonic: a final Assessment (January-February 1911)
  • Epilogue: Mahler's Illness and Death - New York-Paris-Vienna (21 February-18 May 1911)
  • Select Bibliography
  • Appendices:
  • 1A: Catalogue of Works
  • 1Ba: Das Lied von der Erde
  • 1Bb: The Ninth Symphony in D major (1909)
  • 1Bc: The Unfinished Tenth Symphony in F Sharp Major (1910)
  • 1Ca: Works revised by Mahler: Symphonic Works
  • 1Cb: Works revised by Mahler: Operas
  • 1D: Apocryphal Work: A Symphonic Prelude by Mahler?
  • 1Ea: Unfinished Works and Sketches: Three unknown Sketches
  • 1Eb: The Sketchbook in the Mildenburg Collection
  • 1F: Why did Mahler not write an Opera
  • 1G: Transcriptions and Arrangements of Mahler's Works
  • 1H: How to approach Mahler's Art by Georg Göhler
  • 1I: The Sixth Symphony (The Order of Movements)
  • 2Aa: Soloists who played or sang in Mahler's concerts; cities where he conducted Concerts and his Concert Repertory
  • 2Ab: Programmes prepared by Mahler for the New York Philharmonic and conducted during his last illness by Theodore Spiering
  • 2Ac: The Orchestra and its Instruments in Mahler's Time
  • 2B: Mahler as a Performer of his own Works (The piano rolls and their transfer to disc)
  • 3A: After Mahler's Death Letters of Condolence
  • 3Ab: Obituary Articles
  • 3Ac: Freud on Mahler (in Marie Bonaparte's Diary). Original German Version
  • 3Ad: Performance History of Mahler's Works
  • 3Ae: The Survival of Alma's Collection after the Bombing of her House on the Hohe Warte
  • 3Af: Mahler Mythomania
  • 3Ag: Mahler's posthumous Triumph in America: Stokowski's 1916 Performance of the Eighth Symphony
  • 3Ba: Poems copied by Mahler
  • 3Bb: A dedication in Verse to Countess Wydenbruck's Daughter
  • 3C: Following Mahler's Track
  • 3D: Mahler's Beliefs (Fechner and Hartmann)
  • 3E: Rodin's three Busts of Mahler
  • 3F: Relative Value of Currencies in Mahler's Time
  • 3G: Alma Mahler: A Chronology of her Life after Mahler's Death 1911 -1964
  • 3H: Alma Mahler's Leider
  • 3I: Recipe for Mahler's favourite Dessert: Marillenknödel (Apricot Dumplings)

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Editore: Oxford University Press, USA 2008-04-07 (2008)
ISBN 10: 0198163878 ISBN 13: 9780198163879
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