Gustav Mahler. An Introduction - Cooke, Deryck (Books)
This is far and away the best short guide to Mahler's music, written expressly for music lovers by great scholar who had unparalleled gift for lucid and attractive exposition. The book contains the full text in both German and in English, of all of the poems set by Mahler in his songs and symphonies. For this new second edition the translations have been carefully revised, and the composer David Matthews has contributed a new preface.