Gustav Mahler: Memories and Letters

Gustav Mahler Memories and Letters Alma om maken komposit ren Gustav Mahler

  • Title: Gustav Mahler: Memories and Letters
  • Author: Alma Mahler-Werfel Donald Mitchell Knud Martner
  • ISBN: 9780295953786
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alma om maken komposit ren Gustav Mahler

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      Published :2018-09-14T06:21:09+00:00

    1 thought on “Gustav Mahler: Memories and Letters”

    1. Interesting, although apparently mostly untrue and obviously self serving, memoir from Alma Mahler about what seems like a mostly unhappy marriage written 30 years on. I liked it for the portrait of a marriage where both people come off as strong and interesting personalities, the fact that some passages came of as genteel version of the modern day silly showbiz memoir, and the account of Gustav Mahler's final days, which seemed tragic and full of genuine emotion. Not something to seek out, but [...]

    2. This book contains a lot of anecdotes of Mahler , ie, his enthusiasm about Dostoevsky, his carelessness to the people around him, his bad temper, etc. But overall it does not seem to be a comprehensive and objective biography. Alma had an affair with a painter one or two years before Mahler died. It was of course not carefully stated in this book and who knows it won't partly be the cause of Mahler's deteriorate health and eventually, death.

    3. Alma's memoir is a necessary resource, but really more useful for the insight it provides into Alma. Her lies and distortions make the book utterly useless for learning anything about Gustav. The letters, of course, are very interesting, but in volume IV of his biography, de la Grange remarks on Alma's casual disinterest in Gustav's letters.

    4. I hate Alma. And this book is full of her ego. But it's also one of a kind - by her, about him, so I guess it's worth it reading through all her self-esteem sh*t to find out some otherwise hard to find details about him.

    5. Largely fictionalized / embellished account of Mahler's wife by his eccentric widow. Not exactly a scholarly reference, but quite entertaining. And the second half, a large collection of Mahler's letters to her and his contemporaries, is equally worth a glance.

    6. An interesting look (through Alma-coloured glasses) at a fascinating composer. Her account of his final illness and death are truly heartbreaking.

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