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Naturlauf

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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Cum gratiarum actionibus

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PAUL-ANDRÉ BEMPÉCHAT

Naturlauf, a symbolic reflection of both Henry-Louis de La Grange’s and Gustav Mahler’s love for nature, emerges from the painstaking labours of its many contributors and through the selfless generosity of many librarians, fellow academics and friends.

My gratitude extends first to Henry-Louis’ staff at the Médiathèque Mahler in Paris, Alena Parthonnaud and Marie-Joe Blavette, Anne Mange in Lausanne, and Sybille Werner in New York. Without their help, the composition of this team of scholars would have presented a considerable challenge. To Alena, Anne and Marie-Joe in particular, I am most grateful for having digitized the photos and graphics tracing Henry-Louis’ long and distinguished career. My thanks extend as well to Drs. Christian Meyer in Vienna, and Joseph Poukar in Jihlava (Czech Republic), for their sound advice on the orientation of this book, and for the graphics they kindly shared with me.

At Peter Lang Publishing, to Ms. Jackie Pavlovic and the entire production team so sensitively devoted to this project, thanks are also extended.

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