Mahler's Forgotten Conductor: Heinz Unger and His Search for Jewish Meaning, 1895-1965
Hernan Tesler-Mabe (Author)
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Heinz Unger, born in Berlin, Germany, in 1895, was reared from a young age to follow in his father's footsteps and become a lawyer. However, after attending a 1915 Munich performance of Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) conducted by Bruno Walter, Unger decided to devote the rest of his life to music and particularly to the dissemination of Gustav Mahler's music. This microhistory explores how the double strands of German and Jewish identity converged in Unger's lifelong struggle to grasp who he was. Critical to this understanding was Mahler's music - a music that Unger endowed with exceptional meaning and that was central to his Jewish identity. This book sets this exploration of Unger's "performative ritual" within a biographical tale of a life lived travelling the world in search of a home, a search that took the conductor from his native Germany to the Soviet Union, England, Spain, and, finally, Canada. 24 b&w illustrations; 24 Illustrations, unspecified
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About the Author
Hernan Tesler-Mabe is a part-time professor of History at the University of Ottawa, Vice President of the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies, and a founding member of the University of Ottawa Holocaust Research Group.
- Contributor: Hernan Tesler-Mabe
- Imprint: University of Toronto Press
- ISBN13: 9781487505165
- Number of Pages: 272
- Packaged Dimensions: 160x235x22mm
- Packaged Weight: 540
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: University of Toronto Press
- Release Date: 2020-03-13
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Hernan Tesler-Mabe is a part-time professor of History at the University of Ottawa, Vice President of the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies, and a founding member of the University of Ottawa Holocaust Research Group.
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