"The production of this book lies in my 30 years working as an architect while indulging a passion for the music of Gustav Mahler. As an architect, I'm filled with unease by much modern architecture — particularly monolithic tower blocks — and drawn to buildings of a more modest scale which, with their surroundings, make more allowance for human aspiration and celebration of life, something that Mahler had in a large quantity."Keith also regularly lectures about the subject so keep an eye on his events page. Below you can see him (and the huts) in action.
Friday, October 07, 2011
In this week's final post about Mahler and his garden office experiences, it seems fitting to focus on Mahler's Heavenly Retreats, a fabulous multimedia exploration of the composer's relationship to the komponierhäuschen where he worked on his music. It's the work of architect Keith James Clarke and is made up of a book, a DVD, a web site, and a CD. Together, they evaluate key places in Mahler's life (as well as a new documentary about Mahler's London), describe the reasons for their importance and demonstrate their associations with his music using archive photos and surveys. Here's what he says about it:
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