What is it About Mahler?
1 day, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
What is it about Mahler’s music that attracts such deep devotion amongst his fans? Mahler’s rich and inspiring music has moved the emotions of millions of admirers, and doesn’t have to be difficult to explore. This music course opens up the life and music of Mahler: a composer who formed a bridge between the lush Romanticism of the 19th century and the innovation of the twentieth.
- What do we think of when we think of Mahler?
- Mahler’s Place in Music History
- Social and Historical Background: Europe in 1860
- The Musical Landscape in Mahler’s Time
- Mahler’s musical style
- Ruckert Lieder
- The Early Years: Bohemia and Vienna
- Mahler’s family
- Conducting work: Leipzig, Budapest, Hamburg and Vienna
- Songs of a Wayfarer
- Mahler's First Symphony
- Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”
- Anna von Mildenburg
- Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4
- More about Mahler in Vienna
- Marriage: Alma Schindler
- Symphony No. 5: The beautiful Adagio
- Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7
- Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand
- Mahler in the United States
- Das Lied von der Erde
- Symphony No. 9
- Mahler and Freud
- Mahler’s final years
- The incomplete Symphony No. 10
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About Susan Deas
Susan Deas is a professional musician, lecturer and teacher. She has been teaching music appreciation courses for more than twenty years, through Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education, WEA Sydney and at other venues. Her training includes a Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance (Piano) and Musicology, a Master of Music Studies (Studio Pedagogy), a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), and an A.Mus.A in Musicianship. Susan teaches piano and music theory to adults and children, and plays piano and organ at various venues around Sydney. Susan is an accredited piano teacher and musicianship teacher, and is on the Council of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW.