The Meaning Of Mahler

Leo Carey writes: ‘In May 1911, Gustav Mahler, the most famous conductor in the world and an important but controversial composer, was dying of a bacterial infection of the heart. As he passed in and out of consciousness, he was heard to murmur “Mozartl” — an affectionate diminutive of the composer’s name — and “Who’ll take care of Schoenberg now?”’ At least he didn’t say “Sibelius.”

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