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Music to Vanquish Nations

Music to Vanquish Nations

The camera is focused on a tall, ornate opera house, and we hear the orchestra surge under a deep, soaring bass. It pans down to show two small people walking out. The young woman – Diane Keaton – is protesting; they had a deal, she says in the famous scene in Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder […]

Book Review: Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Book Review: Erich Wolfgang Korngold

“The genuine artist creates at a distance from his own time, even for a time beyond,” wrote the composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold in October, 1955, in the foreword to the book Faith in Music by protégé Ulric Devaré. It was, in fact, Korngold’s last published essay, written as a reflection on his life as a […]

Tug-of-war Over Schoenberg’s Mahler Photo

Tug-of-war Over Schoenberg’s Mahler Photo

After finding an autographed photo of composer Gustav Mahler in his boiler room, Cliff Fraser, a Los Angeles resident, has become mixed up in an ownership battle. The long-lost print was a gift to Arnold Schoenberg, and was found to be missing from its frame 25 years ago by his daughter Nuria Schoenberg Nono. Fraser […]

Book Review: Norman Lebrecht’s Why Mahler?

Why We Love Mahler May was Mahler month worldwide, as it marked the 100th anniversary of his death in 1911, the beloved conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic and the hero of the Viennese scene. Actually, we have been celebrating Mahler for a while now, as 2010 marked the 150th anniversary of his birth. So here […]

Gustav Mahler: From the New World

The 35th Music Festival at the Konzerthaus is in full swing, with this year’s motto “Mahler and America” to commemorate Mahler Year 2011 (the centenary of his death). And while the festival continues until Jun. 21, the four concerts of the San Francisco Symphony from May 21 to 25 have already been a brilliant focal […]

Our Meetings with Mahler

Gustav Mahler died 100 years ago this month, on May 18, 1911. And as concert planners will do, they have designated the centenary of his passing Mahler Year in his honor. For Mahler fans all over the world, performances of his music abound: there is a bewildering choice of upcoming events to choose from. And […]

Gustav Mahler – Remix

It takes 230 people to fill the broadcast auditorium of the ORF Radiokulturhaus on Argentinierstrasse. Built in 1947, just after the war, its rich woods and brass of the late Bauhaus added to the sense of time-bending, as fans crowded into the leather and wood seats for another in the week-long Lied Lab: Gustav Mahler […]

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