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Musicology Professor Publishes Book about Mahler and Strauss

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Charles Youmans

Professor Charles Youmans’s latest book, Mahler & Strauss: In Dialogue, is now available from Indiana University Press. Using a wealth of documentary material, the book reconstructs the 24-year relationship between Mahler and Strauss through collage—"a meaning that arises from fragments." Fourteen different topics, all of central importance to the life and work of the two composers, provide distinct vantage points from which to view both the professional and personal relationships. Some of these points address musical concerns: Wagnerism, program music, intertextuality, and the craft of conducting. Others treat the connection of music to related disciplines (philosophy, literature), or to matters relevant to artists in general (autobiography, irony). And the most intimate dimensions of life—childhood, marriage, personal character—are the most extensively and colorfully documented, offering an abundance of comparative material. This integrated look at Mahler and Strauss discloses provocative revelations about the two greatest western composers at the turn of the 20th century.

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