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By Stephen Downes

The tune of Gustav Mahler many times engages with Romantic notions of redemption. this is often expressed in quite a number gestures and techniques, moving among affirmative fulfilment and pessimistic negation. during this groundbreaking research, Stephen Downes explores the connection of this element of Mahler's song to the output of Benjamin Britten, Kurt Weill and Hans Werner Henze. Their preliminary admiration was once particularly dissonant with the existing Zeitgeist – Britten in Nineteen Thirties England, Weill in 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 robust demeanour during 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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