Mahler's Forgotten Conductor: Heinz Unger and His Search for Musical Meaning, 1895–1965

By Hernan Tesler-Mabé

© 2020

The orchestral conductor Heinz Unger (1895–1965) was born in Berlin, Germany and was reared from a young age to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a lawyer. In 1915, he heard a Munich performance of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”) conducted by Bruno Walter and thereafter devoted the rest of his life to music and particularly to the dissemination of Gustav Mahler’s music. 

This microhistorical engagement explores how the strands of German Jewish identity converge and were negotiated by a musician who spent the majority of his life trying to grasp who he was. Critical to this understanding was Gustav 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, from the musician’s native Germany, to the Soviet Union, England, Spain, and finally, Canada.

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  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Illustrations: 24
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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This book explores musician Heinz Unger’s negotiation of his German Jewish identity throughout his life, beginning with his time in Germany, extending through his exile in 1933, and continuing on to his time in Canada following the Second World War.

Mahler's Forgotten Conductor: Heinz Unger and His Search for Musical Meaning, 1895–1965

By Hernan Tesler-Mabé

© 2020

The orchestral conductor Heinz Unger (1895–1965) was born in Berlin, Germany and was reared from a young age to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a lawyer. In 1915, he heard a Munich performance of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”) conducted by Bruno Walter and thereafter devoted the rest of his life to music and particularly to the dissemination of Gustav Mahler’s music. 

This microhistorical engagement explores how the strands of German Jewish identity converge and were negotiated by a musician who spent the majority of his life trying to grasp who he was. Critical to this understanding was Gustav 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, from the musician’s native Germany, to the Soviet Union, England, Spain, and finally, Canada.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Illustrations: 24
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Hernan Tesler-Mabé 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.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction
     
    1. A Thoroughly German Youth, Early Trips to the Soviet Union, and an Unfortunate Exile (1895–1933)

    2. European Exodus: USSR, England, Spain, and the World (1933–1954)

    3. Early Life in Canada and a Return to Germany (1937–1956)

    4. A Jewish Renaissance: Life in Canada, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Mahler Centenary (1956–1961)

    5. The Final Years and a Farewell to the World (1961–1965)

    Conclusion

    Bibliography

    Appendix: Known Concerts and Performances by Heinz Unger

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