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Gustav Mahler

  • July 7, 1860 Kaliste (Moravia) - May 18, 1911 Vienna (Austria)

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Gustav Mahler and the revolution of post-Romantic music

A contemporary of Claude Debussy and Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler studied the piano with Julius Epstein and composition with Franz Krenn in Vienna. A protégé of Anton Bruckner's and admired by Johannes Brahms, Mahler converted to Catholicism in 1897 in order to become the director of the Vienna opera house where his interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner became undisputed references.

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