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Mann, Thomas

Peter Franklin

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780192800916
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:
Mann, Thomas

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( b Lübeck, June 6, 1875; d Zürich, Aug 12, 1955). German writer . A Nobel prize winner, his novels, stories and essays often included musical characters or examined musical topics. His importance as a commentator on the position of music in German culture during the 19th and early 20th centuries was reinforced by his personal friendships with many contemporary composers, conductors and musical scholars.

Mann came from a well-to-do family. Music was an inevitable part of his upbringing at a time when Wagner's influence was at its height, something celebrated and mocked in many of his works; an excess of Wagnerian enthusiasm is the undoing of more than one of his ailing aesthete characters. He was equally fascinated by contemporary, post-Wagnerian music. His attendance at the 1910 première of Mahler's Eighth Symphony in Munich fuelled some of the cultural speculation underlying his novella Der Tod in Venedig (Berlin, 1913...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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