Universal Edition - Gustav Mahler


Gustav Mahler

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1860 – July 7: Gustav Mahler is born to the businessman Bernhard Mahler and his wife Marie (née Hermann) in Kališt, (Bohemia).

1870 – First public appearance as a pianist.

1875 – Mahler begins to study music at the Vienna Conservatory.

1877 – Enrolment at Vienna University – where, besides studying Harmony, he attends classes in History and Philosophy. To finance his studies, Mahler gives piano lessons.

1880 – Assistant Conductor at Bad Hall (Upper Austria).
Mahler composes the cantata Das klagende Lied for solo voices, choir and orchestra set to his own text, and begins composing the fairytale opera Rübezahl, ...


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Direct contact between Gustav Mahler and Universal Edition was established as late as 1909, that is, two years before the composer’s death. Of course, the publisher was but a newcomer on the Austrian music scene, founded as it had been in 1901. Also, until the appointment of Emil Hertzka as Director in 1907, UE concentrated its activities on classical music.

However, the rights to Symphonies Nos 1-4 were acquired from Weinberger and Doblinger in 1906 (pocket scores and arrangements for piano duet). Three years later, UE approached the composer about his Symphony No 8 and a contract was duly signed.

In February 1910, Mahler wrote to ...more


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