Gustav Mahler: Letters to his Wife

Gustav Mahler
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Gustav Mahler: Letters to his Wife is undoubtedly the best way to understand Mahler as a man and as a composer: in his own words, intimately detailing his inner world to his wife, Alma.

'Are Collected Letters a superior form of biography? When as numerous and meticulously edited as these of Gustav Mahler, when they provide a time capsule ride back to the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the answer must be yes . . . This remarkable book is unputdownable, even for a non-Mahlerite.' Literary Review

'The letters are linked by a commentary that makes the volume both an easy and gripping read . . . There is passion in this book to scald the hand.' Sunday Times

'A vivid and telling portrayal of Mahler's personality in his voice.' Times Literary Supplement

  • About Gustav Mahler

    It was as a conductor that Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) became recognised as one of the major figures of pre-1914 Vienna. After his early death his music was neglected, but since the 1960s the extraordinary achievement of his ten symphonies has been universally recognised, and has led to his establishment as one of the greatest of 20th century composers.

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  • Translated By: Antony Beaumont

    Antony Beaumont was born in London and studied at King's College, Cambridge. He now lives in Germany where he is active as a conductor, lecturer, and freelance musicologist. In 1992, Beaumont was commissioned by the Hamburg State Opera to complete the orchestration of Zemlinsky's last opera, Der König Kandaules. Premièred in 1996, the work has since been staged by several other opera companies, recorded and televised. Beaumont has also edited and (where necessary) reconstructed several other major works from the composer's posthumous papers at the Library of Congress.Antony Beaumont is author of Busoni the Composer (Faber, 1985). He co-edited (with Susanne Rode-Breymann) Alma Mahler-Werfel's Diaries 1898-1902, his English translation of which was published to great acclaim by Faber in 1998.

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