Why Mahler?: How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed Our World (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author


NORMAN LEBRECHT writes on music and cultural affairs. He is NORMAN LEBRECHT writes on music and cultural affairs. He is currently with the "Evening Standard", after a decade as muscurrently with the "Evening Standard", after a decade as music columnist for the "Daily Telegraph". He presents BBC Radiic columnist for the "Daily Telegraph". He presents BBC Radio 3's "lebrecht.live", and is a frequent TV broadcaster. He o 3's "lebrecht.live", and is a frequent TV broadcaster. He is the author of several books which have been translated inis the author of several books which have been translated into fourteen languages. "The Song of Names" won the Whitbreadto fourteen languages. "The Song of Names" won the Whitbread First Novel Award. Lebrecht lives in London. First Novel Award. Lebrecht lives in London.

Praise For…


“A brisk, engaging journey through the life of a fascinating and enormously influential artist.”
Kansas City Star

“Very enjoyable to read, gossipy as well as learned, and it makes the man come to life.”
The Economist

“Lebrecht’s book brings Mahler scholarship into to the present by including interviews with conductors, visits to sites with Mahler connections and an excellent annotated discography.”
The Star-Ledger
 
“Readers of Why Mahler? will be grateful to Lebrecht for his enthusiasm and for his highly personal cultural history.”
The Wall Street Journal
 
“As a short introduction to the meaning of Mahler, this sympathetic biography will do very well.”
The Times (London)
 
“We could not put the book down. Mahler is boss.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Product Details
ISBN: 9781400096572
ISBN-10: 140009657X
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: November 1st, 2011
Pages: 322
Language: English