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After Mahler
Britten, Weill, Henze and Romantic Redemption

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  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107008717

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  • Gustav Mahler is often thought of as one of the last of the Romantic composers and, as a result his influence on the development of twentieth-century music has been little explored. In this ground-breaking study, Stephen Downes shows that Mahler's music was in fact greatly admired by major composers Benjamin Britten, Kurt Weill and Hans Werner Henze. Despite their initial admiration being notably dissonant with the prevailing Zeitgeist – Britten in 1930s England, Weill in 1920s Germany and Henze in 1950s Germany and Italy – Downes argues that Mahler's music struck a profound chord with them because of the powerful way in which it raised and intensified dystopian and utopian complexes and probed the possibility of fulfilment or redemption, an ambition manifest in ambiguous tonal, temporal and formal processes.

    • Explores the evocation of romantic notions of redemption in Mahler's music
    • Discusses the issues of intertextuality and the influence of Mahler on twentieth-century composers
    • Provides the first sustained exploration of the importance of Mahler's music for Benjamin Britten, Kurt Weill and Hans Werner Henze
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107008717
    • length: 287 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 100 music examples
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Mahler's moment
    2. Naïve and sentimental: Britten and Mahler
    3. Real and surreal: shocks, dreams and temporality in the music of Weill and Mahler
    4. Tyranny and freedom: Henze and Mahler.

  • Author

    Stephen Downes, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Stephen Downes is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of two books on the music of Karol Szymanowski and won the Wilk Prize for Research in Polish Music (University of Southern California) and the Karol Szymanowski memorial medal. He is also the author of The Muse as Eros (2006), Music and Decadence in European Modernism (2010) and Hans Werne Henze: Tristan (2011).

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