Mahler as Imagist

Arved Ashby

in Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264793
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945692 | DOI:
Mahler as Imagist

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This chapter discusses Mahler and imagism, bringing together three different subjects—listener understanding, compositional awareness, and developments in audio technology—that can be related through a notion of the imagistic sensibility. It first studies Mahler's symphonic style and imagism, and the problem of the hammer in the last movement of his Sixth Symphony, after which it studies his abundance and organization of images, which seem to mimic a period of mechanical reproduction. Next, the chapter attempts to determine how media has tried to close the Mahlerian gap between words and music, and the inclusion of Mahler in film. Finally, it studies listening during the age of mechanical reproduction.

Keywords: Mahler; imagism; listener understanding; compositional awareness; audio technology; imagistic sensibility; symphonic style; mechanical reproduction; Mahlerian gap

Chapter.  12011 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Applied Music

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