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Mahler's Voices: Expression and Irony in the Songs and Symphonies

Mahler's Voices: Expression and Irony in the Songs and Symphonies

by Julian Johnson
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Johnson considers how Mahler's body of music foregrounds the idea of artifice, construction and musical convention while also presenting itself as act of authentic expression and disclosure. This study of brings together a close reading of the renowned composer's music with wide-ranging cultural and historical interpretation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195372397
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/17/2009
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Julian Johnson is Professor of Music, Department of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. From 2001-2007 he was a Reader in Music and a Fellow of St. Anne's College at the University of Oxford, and recipient of the Dent Medal (2005) awarded by the Royal Musical Association for "outstanding contributions to musicology." Author of Webern and the Transformation of Nature (Cambridge, 1999) and Who Needs Classical Music? (OUP, 2002).

Table of Contents

1. Mahler and the Musical Voice
a. The Idea of Voice b. Songs and Symphonies c. Orchestral Voices
2. Calling Forth a Voice
a. Calling Forth b. Horn Calls, Birdsong and Bell c. Calling Back
3. Constructing a Voice
a. Artifice and Invention b. Des Knaben Wunderhorn c. The Middle Symphonies
4. Plural Voices
a. Carnival Humor b. Irony and Tone c. Borrowed Voices
5. Genre and Voice
a. Song b. Opera c. Symphony
6. Ways of Telling
a. Literary Voices b. Idyll, Dream and Fairytale c. Narrative Strategies
7. Vienna, Modernism and Modernity
a. Critical voices b. Modernist voices c. Political voices
8. Performing Authenticity
a. Reception and Performance b. Authenticity and Self-Critique c. "As If"

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