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Charles Youmans is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Penn State University and author of Richard Strauss's Orchestral Music and the German Intellectual Tradition: The Philosophical Roots of Musical Modernism (IUP, 2005).
"Along the way, Mahler and Strauss in Dialogue tells a compelling story of the unexpected ways that their worlds overlapped. In so doing, it provides a model for comparative analysis that enriches our understanding of a relationship that indelibly shaped the musical world of their time and continues to fascinate us today."* German Studies Review *
Mahler and Strauss takes us on a journey that traverses the broader historical and cultural climate of German-speaking Europe at the turn of the twentieth century (with a brief excursion to America along the way). And throughout this journey we are offered a succession of fresh and imaginative readings of the source material that provide us with new ways of understanding the fundamental importance of a profoundly meaningful friendship between two remarkable musicians.* Nineteenth-Century Music Review *
[T]his book is a serious and much-needed intellectual examination of these two composers and the impact of literary, philosophical, and spiritual interests on their music.* Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism *