Gustav Mahler; A Study of His Personality and Work

Gustav Mahler; A Study of His Personality and Work

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...bright curtain formed the background; only at the close the unveiled prospect of the harbour of Aulis was seen. The music chiselled in heroic proportions, note by note." Not one of those who savoured Mahler's art with delight--and they were the true aristocracy of Vienna--not one could have said to what unknown realms of beauty this path, conquered step by step, might have led. Much later, I heard Mahler say to a young musician, in dismissal of admiring comments: "All these were only essays, we had to feel our way forward; the real achievement would have followed." We, his companions, felt, of a truth, how much might have followed! But the end was near. It is very likely that in other places, too, the general public would have failed to recognise such art. But it would at least have been respected. In Vienna it was outraged. The reasons for this Viennese peculiarity may be found in Kurnberger, the application to this case in "Gustav Mahler's Heritage." But Mahler himself was partly at fault. He had been upright and harsh, had disdained "society," had written neither "Explanations" nor other feuilletons.6 He had also, by living in his work, lost touch with the world. And to nobody does the world pardon this less than a theatredirector. Thus there arose, fomented by a certain public opinion, a revolt against the man who had scourged private slothfulness. Dissatisfied theatre-goers, seekers after "change," all kinds of unprincipled, undisciplined folk, rabidly attacked him with the meanest, most shameful devices. Disgust seized Mahler, the high-minded man and artist. Suddenly, in the summer of 1907, he resigned his position. At the news of the threatening danger, an address was presented to him...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236498712
  • 9781236498717