About this course:
Since around 1960, the music of Gustav Mahler has played a vital role in the symphonic repertoire of numerous orchestras throughout Europe and the United States. While the momentous revival of his music has been credited to the pioneering performances of Leonard Bernstein, a public interest in the works of Mahler had been growing for some time before the 1960s. Today, his symphonies are considered some of the most important in classical music. In this course, we study the symphonies and song cycles of Mahler that exemplify the bright spark of artistic creativity that characterized the fin de siècle before the two world wars.