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By Stephen Downes

The track of Gustav Mahler many times engages with Romantic notions of redemption. this is often expressed in a variety of gestures and approaches, transferring among affirmative fulfilment and pessimistic negation. during this groundbreaking examine, Stephen Downes explores the connection of this point of Mahler's tune to the output of Benjamin Britten, Kurt Weill and Hans Werner Henze. Their preliminary admiration used to be significantly dissonant with the present Zeitgeist – Britten in Nineteen Thirties England, Weill in Nineteen Twenties Germany and Henze in Nineteen Fifties Germany and Italy. Downes argues that Mahler's song struck a profound chord with them as a result of strong demeanour within which it increases and intensifies dystopian and utopian complexes and probes the query of fulfilment or redemption, an ambition occur in ambiguous tonal, temporal and formal procedures. Comparisons of the ways that this subject is evoked facilitate new interpretative insights into the track of those 4 significant composers.

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