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Scholarly Journeys Toward Gustav Mahler – Essays in Honour of Henry-Louis de La Grange for his 90th Birthday

Edited By Paul-André Bempéchat

This collection of essays forms the second Festschrift to honour the dean of Gustav Mahler research, Henry-Louis de La Grange, on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday. It includes vibrant, new historical, theoretical, and aesthetic research on the complex mind which produced among the best-loved orchestral works and songs of Western classical music.
Henry-Louis de La Grange's passion and tireless devotion to Gustav Mahler began when he first heard his Ninth Symphony conducted by Bruno Walter at Carnegie Hall in New York. He went on to plumb the depths of this composer's mind and soul and to explore every facet of his existence.
Among the many honours he has gleaned since the publication of the first Festschrift, Neue Mahleriana (Lang, 1997), Henry-Louis de La Grange has been named Professor by the Government of Austria (1998) and Officier de l'Ordre de la Légion d'honneur (2006). He has also been awarded Bard College's Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters, the Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst, 1. Klasse (2010), the Gold Medal of the Internationale Gustav Mahler Gesellschaft (2010), and an honourary doctorate from The Juilliard School (2010). As another everlasting tribute, the American film director Jason Starr released his documentary film, For the Love of Mahler: The Inspired Life of Henry-Louis de La Grange, in 2015.
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Mahler, Schönberg, de La Grange: A Virtual Dialogue


Mahler, Schönberg, de La Grange

A Virtual Dialogue


Vienna’s Arnold Schönberg Center is today the repository of a rich variety of Mahler-related sources from Schönberg’s legacy. Among the most treasured autographs in the Center collection is the manuscript of Mahler’s Rückert-Lied ‘Um Mitternacht’, a present from Alma to Schönberg. As a result, the Schönberg Center has become one of the principal lending institutions for most of the recent Gustav Mahler exhibitions, especially during his jubilee years, 2010 and 2011.

The Center’s International Symposium on Mahler and Schönberg in 2010 extended a continuous series of activities focusing on Schönberg’s relationship with Gustav and Alma Mahler, which began with performances of Schönberg’s Mahler transcriptions soon after the opening of the Schönberg Center in 1998. This included an international symposium and exhibit entitled Schönberg, Mahler, Zemlinsky, Schreker in 2003, a concert by baritone Thomas Hampson celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Internationale Gustav Mahler Gesellschaft in Vienna in 2005, and presentations of recently-published books related to Gustav and Alma Mahler by Gerhard Scheit, Haide Tenner and Franz Willnauer, to name but a few.

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