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Mahler's Voices: Expression and Irony in the Songs and Symphonies

Julian Johnson


This book explores the idea of expression and meaning in Mahler's music by examining its plural voices—their tone, manner, and historical resonance. Ranging across all the symphonies and songs, it considers how these works foreground the idea of artifice and irony while at the same time presenting themselves as acts of authentic expression and disclosure. While this music is shaped by strategies of calling forth its own mysterious voice—as if from nature or the Unconscious—at other times it reveals itself as something constructed, often self‐consciously assembled from familiar and well‐worn ma ... More

Keywords: Mahler, expression, irony, voice, musical meaning, modernism, self‐critique, symphony, genre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195372397
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372397.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Johnson, author
Department of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London
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