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Theodor W. Adorno

Mahler - A Musical Physiognomy

(German title: Die musikalischen Monographien)
ca. 188 pages
Paperback
1960
Theodor W. Adorno
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Theodor W. Adorno was born on September 11, 1903 in Frankfurt am Main and died on August 6, 1969 from the consequences of a heart attack while on vacation in Visp/Valais. From 1921 to 1923 he studied Philosophy, Sociology and Musicology in Frankfurt and obtained his doctorate in 1924 with a thesis on »Transcendence of the Material and Noematic in Husserl’s Phenomenology«. He became friends with Siegfried Kracauer in his school days and later with Max Horkheimer and Walter Benjamin during their years at university. Alongside them, Adorno is one of the most important representatives of the »Frankfurt School«, which emerged from the Institute for Social Research at the Goethe University Frankfurt. The collected works of Theodor W. Adorno are published by Suhrkamp Verlag and have been translated into more than 40 languages.

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»Theodor W. Adorno goes beyond conventional thematic analysis to gain a more complete understanding of Mahler’s music through his character, his social and philosophical background, and his moment in musical history. Adorno examines the composer’s works as a continuous and unified development that began with his childhood response to the marches and folk tunes of his native Bohemia. Since its appearance in 1960 in German, Mahler has established itself as a classic of musical interpretation. […]« (book desription from the English edition by Chicago UP)

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