Biography of Gustav Mahler

1054 Words Feb 20th, 2018 4 Pages
It must embrace everything."
Gustav Mahler, a late-Romantic Austrian composer, was born on July 7th, 1860 in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now Kaliště in the Czech Republic. The region where Mahler spent his youth was strongly associated with the Czech independence movement. Being a Jew, Mahler had developed an everlasting sense of exile, illustrated by his famous quote "I am thrice homeless, as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, and as a Jew throughout the world. Everywhere an intruder never welcomed."
Mahler was considered by the public to be a great conductor with symphonies which were too long for their liking, while Mahler viewed himself as a composer, forced to spend most of his years conducting. His status as a conductor was unquestionably established, while his own pieces started to gain momentum after periods of immense neglect, which included a ban on their performance in a good deal of Europe throughout the Nazi era.
As a composer, Mahler acted as a bridge between the 19th-century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. Mahler is well known for his lengthy, deep, and painfully emotional works. He adored nature and all life within it, but due to his early exposure to the darkness life brings, a suicide and a brutal rape he witnessed, Mahler feared death. This duality is evident in just about all his…
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