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His Life, Work and World

Kurt Blaukopf, Herta Blaukopf

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Spanning all of Mahler's life, from early childhood to the final triumphs in Vienna and New York, this is a fascinating record of Mahler’s beliefs, conflicts, loves and work


Gustav Mahler was born on 7 July 1860 in an insignificant outpost of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He grew to become one of the greatest conductors and composers of his time, acclaimed throughout Europe and America for his interpretations of a repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Wagner and Strauss, and for his own richly orchestrated works. Today, his intensely emotional and evocative music continues to inspire the listener, and awakens curiosity about the man who created it.

This book is a revised and expanded version of the first edition, Mahler: A Documentary Study, described by Gramophone as ‘quite simply a revelation’. It brings together a wealth of contemporary material — letters, reviews, concert programmes, diary extracts — to create a picture of Mahler in his own words and those of his friends, colleagues and critics.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 25.3 x 17.8 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 49

Publication date: 8 May 2000

ISBN: 9780500281970

About the Author

Kurt Blaukopf (1914 - 1999) was an Austrian music sociologist.

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