Journals Higher Education



Published: 11 March 2022

320 Pages

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780197575642

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Inside Mahler's Second Symphony

A Listener's Guide

Lawrence F. Bernstein

  • Offers a holistic presentation of Mahler's Second Symphony, which approaches the work from many vantage points besides its central focus on the music itself: the composer's biography, his avant-garde leanings, his use of musical quotation for symbolic purposes, and his personal eschatology
  • Features audio exemplification: 185 short examples, in addition to full movements
  • Taps into the rich font of experiential knowledge concertgoers bring to their encounters with music, using examples meant to prod this latent store of musical awareness and move it closer to the level of intellectual consciousness
  • Includes a glossary that explains technical terms clearly, avoiding cluttering the text with such explanations

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