Henry-Louis de La Grange becomes so immersed in Gustav Mahler's world. Music becomes more mysterious the more one analyzes it. People in the Souk know de La Grange as the French writer with the dog. (Credits)
De la Grange describes how Mahler's music became his life's mission. Riccardo Chailly recalls meeting the music historian after a performance of "Symphony No. 6." Computers make de La Grange's writing easier; some of his volumes have over 700 footnotes.
De La Grange prefers to rise early and watch the sun rise. Marina Mahler describes how he performs yoga before each meal. At the end of the first world war Amaury de La Grange convinces Franklin Delano Roosevelt that America needed planes to win.
De La Grange restored an old convent and organized a concert. Maurice Fleuret created days of concerts at Stockhausen and Paris. The pair invited three composers to travel to Bali and Java with him in 1973.
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This program presents a portrait of the famed French-American music historian Henry-Louis de La Grange. The film joins him on his annual migration from Marrakech to Paris and to Toblach in the Italian Alps, while he busily works on revising his epic four-volume biography of Gustav Mahler. How Mahler’s music inspired his life, and how Henry-Louis channeled what could have been a self-indulgent obsession into a lifetime of groundbreaking discoveries, famous friendships, and award winning accomplishment, demonstrates the remarkable power of music to change lives.
Length: 53 minutes
Copyright date: ©2015
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