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Why Mahler?

Why Mahler?

How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed Our World

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Random House, Inc.

Why Mahler? Why does his music affect us in the way it does?
Norman Lebrecht, one of the world&;s most widely read cultural commentators, has been wrestling obsessively with Mahler for half his life. Following Mahler&;s every footstep from birthplace to grave, scrutinizing his manuscripts, talking to those who knew him, Lebrecht constructs a compelling new portrait of Mahler as a man who lived determinedly outside his own times. Mahler was&;along with Picasso, Einstein, Freud, Kafka, and Joyce&;a maker of our modern world. Why Mahler? is a book that shows how music can change our lives.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781400096572
Branch Call Number: 92 M2784L 2011
Characteristics: xiv, 322 p. ; 21 cm


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Jan 13, 2021

José Luis Gomez (Tucson Symphony Orchestra "TSO") designed a personal “soundtrack” for the reader to use throughout the book, a musical accompaniment for the reading. (

Apr 21, 2020

Looking for the Song of Names but the Library does not list it but it is by this author

Sep 10, 2019

This is a highly personal book about Mahler--an abbreviated biography, followed by short analyses of his major works, a discussion of recordings, and a few chapters on Mahler's impact and how to listen to Mahler works. Frankly, I found that the author's biases were so blatant that they got in the way of what he had to say, although the book was a reasonably good read for Mahler fans who are in the beginning stages of reading up on him. I'll be looking for a good biography of Mahler next.


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