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'The Ghost in the Machine’: Thomas Koschat and the volkstümlich in Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

Barham, Jeremy (2018) 'The Ghost in the Machine’: Thomas Koschat and the volkstümlich in Mahler’s Fifth Symphony Nineteenth Century Music Review.

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Abstract

This article offers a solution to a long-standing mystery surrounding the identity of a melody by Carinthian folkloric composer Thomas Koschat used by Mahler in his Fifth Symphony. It first places such musical reference in the broader scholarly context of Mahler and the volkstümlich. Evidence surrounding the chronology and sketches of the symphony as well as Mahler’s intersection with Koschat and the latter’s reception is assessed. Musical materials are analysed in order to identify the source of borrowing in Koschat’s Liederspiel Am Wörther See (1880), and to understand the key structural and expressive roles it plays in Mahler’s work. The article concludes by reflecting on the possible socio-cultural meaning and significance of this case of Mahlerian allusive practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Music
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts > Music
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Barham, JeremyJ.Barham@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 2 July 2018
Identification Number : 10.1017/S1479409818000186
Copyright Disclaimer : © Cambridge University Press, 2018. This article has been accepted for publication in Nineteenth Century Music Review. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Oct 2016 16:23
Last Modified : 15 Aug 2018 13:12
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812679

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