Gustav Mahler

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Birthday
7, 1860
Birthplace
Czech Republic
Death Date
May 18, 1911 (50)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
7, 1860
Birthplace
Czech Republic
Death Date
May 18, 1911 (50)

About

Composer and conductor of the late-Romantic period whose famous Eighth Symphony premiered in 1910. His compositional style combined 19th-century Austrian/German musical tradition with hints of early 20th-century modernism.

Before Fame

He attended the Vienna Conservatory in the 1870s and later became director of the Hofoper (Vienna Court Opera).

Trivia

His work greatly influenced the musical development of such composers as Arnold Schoenberg and Benjamin Britten.

Family Life

He was married to Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel from 1902 until his death in 1911. They had two daughters named Anna and Maria Mahler. He was born into a Jewish family in Kalischt, Bohemia, a village that was, at the time, part of the Austrian Empire.

Associated With

He was one of the most respected musical conductors of his generation and was particularly known as an excellent interpreter of the operatic works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Wagner.