The Eighth

The Eighth Mahler and the World in 1910

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'Thrilling.' John Banville, Guardian

The Eighth Symphony was going to be different from anything Mahler had ever done before: it would speak in different tones, and of a different kind of experience. The world premiere in Munich in the summer of 1910 was the artistic breakthrough for which the composer had yearned all his adult life.

Stephen Johnson recounts the symphony's far-reaching effect on composers, conductors and writers of the time. Placing Mahler within his world, The Eighth reassesses Mahler's work in the context of the prevailing thought of his age, but also against the backdrop of that tumultuous summer, when Mahler worked desperately on his Tenth Symphony, was betrayed by his wife, and consulted Sigmund Freud. It is a story like no other.

Book information

ISBN: 9780571367528
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Pub date:
DEWEY: 784.2184
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 15718
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 250g
Height: 129mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 29mm