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The Eighth: Mahler and the World by Stephen Johnson

The Eighth: Mahler and the World in 1910

Stephen Johnson

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Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 5 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9780571234943

The Eighth Symphony was going to be different from anything Mahler had ever done before. T

3 stars out of 5
Philip Hensher
21 Mar 2020

"Johnson has written an engaging and enthusiastic account of the eighth"

Johnson has written an engaging and enthusiastic account of the eighth, but it is very much a chronology of events. And it doesn’t quite live up to the suggestion of its subtitle, as much more could have been said about the place of this symphony in the general culture of its time. Symphonic music was central then; any literary intellectual could follow a symphonic argument in detail, and — as Mann’s Doktor Faustus was to show — keep up with the most advanced developments.

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