Gustav Mahler: Letters to his Wife

Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler: Letters to his Wife presents the remarkable and intimate letters of the hugely renowned composer.

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Gustav Mahler: Letters to his Wife is undoubtedly the best way to understand Mahler as a man and as a composer: in his own words, intimately detailing his inner world to his wife, Alma.

‘Are Collected Letters a superior form of biography? When as numerous and meticulously edited as these of Gustav Mahler, when they provide a time capsule ride back to the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the answer must be yes . . . This remarkable book is unputdownable, even for a non-Mahlerite.’ Literary Review

‘The letters are linked by a commentary that makes the volume both an easy and gripping read . . . There is passion in this book to scald the hand.’ Sunday Times

‘A vivid and telling portrayal of Mahler’s personality in his voice.’ Times Literary Supplement


It was as a conductor that Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) became recognised as one of the major figures of pre-1914 Vienna. After his early death his music was neglected, but since the 1960s the extraordinary achievement of his ten symphonies has been universally recognised, and has led to his establishment as one of the greatest of 20th century composers.

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