Rights sold: Italian
Format 140x220 Hardcover
EUR 24,90 / sFr 35,90
published in September 2012
I would like to live as long as I can be grateful to you
Alma Mahler - Arnold Schönberg. The correspondence.
The moving testimony of an exceptional relationship.
Alma Mahler-Werfel was the epitome of a creative muse and a tantalizing femme fatale. She was married to composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, writer Franz Werfel and the lover of painter Oskar Kokoschka, while her seductiveness also gained her influence far into the spheres of church and politics. Her correspondence with Arnold Schönberg, however, shows a new side of her strong personality. It is now available for the first time.
Haide Tenner compiled a selection of letters from the more than 40 years of this special relationship. They show Alma Mahler the sponsor, patron and fighter for the ones she believed in, and they tell the story of a sometimes problematic friendship, of wounded pride on both parts, of loneliness and mutual appreciation in their shared exile. An insightful testimony, the impressive legacy of a friendship spanning half a century.
Haide Tenner studied musicology, dramatics and history of art in Vienna. In 1972 she joined Austrian television network ORF as a radio and TV journalist and has since headed the departments of arts TV and music for classical music radio station Ö1, coordinated the classical music program for all of the station’s channels and, from 2003, managed the Radio Symphonieorchester Vienna. Since 2008 she has been working as a cultural manager and journalist; in 2011 she started to host the so-called Künstlergespräche (artist talks) in Vienna’s famous Burgtheater.