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Celebrating its 100th anniversary, this extraordinary series continues to amaze and captivate its readers with detailed insight into the lives and work of music's geniuses. Unlike other composer biographies that focus narrowly on the music, this series explores the personal history of each composer and the social context surrounding the music. In a precise, engaging, and a ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by OUP Oxford (first published June 1st 1991)
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Deals with Mahler's life and works. The chapters on his works are excellent, detailed but not too technical (some basic knowledge of music theory and terminology helps, but is not a must). The biographical section is sympathetic, but is too compressed. I never really felt I was getting anything more than the surface details of his life, and many things simply lacked sufficient context. For an introduction to Mahler's life and music, especially his music, this is a great book; look elsewhere for ...more
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