TITLE

Mahler's Goethe

AUTHOR(S)
Niekerk, Carl
PUB. DATE
June 2006
SOURCE
Musical Quarterly;Summer/Fall2006, Vol. 89 Issue 2/3, p237
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on Gustav Mahler's "Eight Symphony" and his influence, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It states that Mahler's choice of a Goethe text for his Eight Symphony may have had many reasons. With the decision to use the final scenes of Goethe's "Faust Part II," was something revolutionary for that time. The second part of Goethe's drama offers a highly unusual synthesis of texts from literary history, mythology, philosophy, natural science, anthropology and theology. Not only does the text render a writing innovation, but it also promotes a modern philosophy of life. Mahler's choice of the text for the Eight Symphony shows his continuous literary interests.
ACCESSION #
31279166

 

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