Magnificent Gustav Mahler
was born in Kališt, Bohemia in 1860 and died in Vienna in 1911.
His piano lessons began at age six and he entered the Vienna Conservatory
in 1875. His teachers included Franz Krenn (composition) and R.
in Mahler’s life included being appointed to the following
positions: conductor of the Hamburg Opera (1891), director of the
Vienna Court Opera (1897) and conductor of the New York Philharmonic
greatness as a conductor was immediately appreciated. However, his
skills as a composer took a bit of time to be fully recognized.
His composing style can be seen in its fullest in his symphonic
works. Often unconventional in form,
his huge emotional range, masterful orchestration
and intriguing polyphony are all characteristics of his appealing
Amazing Mahler Fact
ninth symphony was extremely chromatic, perhaps foreshadowing elements
in Schoenberg’s musical style.