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'A Time of Gifts': Mahler’s Eighth, Fassbinder’s Cinema, and Musical Politics

Barham, JM (2010) 'A Time of Gifts': Mahler’s Eighth, Fassbinder’s Cinema, and Musical Politics In: A Work of Art of Higher Artistic Order. Text and Context of Mahler's Eighth Symphony, 2010-06 - ?, Carleton University & National Arts Center, Ottawa, Canada.

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Abstract

This paper examines the use of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in the New- German cinematic works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. It first places this usage in the context of the wider history of employing Mahler’s music within film soundtracks, a practice which stretches back to the 1960s. The socio-political implications of Mahler’s monumental national ‘gift’ of this symphony are considered alongside the ambivalent ideological preoccupations of Fassbinder with regard to the Germany of the 1970s and the political heritage of its imperial past. The three filmic works in question – Chinese Roulette (1976), Lili Marleen (1980), and Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) – engage with Mahler’s music in different cultural and historical contexts, yielding a variety of personalized and universalized readings of the German condition.

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Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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Date : 2010
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 15:51
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 15:51
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/763147

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