Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler

About Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was a composer and conductor of the late 19th and early 20th centuries whose career was centered largely in Vienna. A youthful supporter of Wagner and Bruckner, he absorbed aspects of their music in his semi-autobiographical works, adopting their adventurous harmonies and large-scale forms. Mahler's style is notable for its extreme emotions, from triumphant and joyous to sardonic and funereal moods. Between 1888 and his death, Mahler composed 10 symphonies (the last was left unfinished), and several song cycles, of which Kindertotenlieder, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and the symphonic Das Lied von der Erde are the best known.

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