Gustav Mahler

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Gustav Mahler (July 7, 1860, Kaliště, Bohemia – May 18, 1911, Vienna, Austria) was an Austrian composer and conductor.

Mahler's mature compositions consist of only symphonies and song cycles. There is some overlap between the two: for example, his last work Das Lied von der Erde he regarded as a symphony, though one might take it for a song cycle, while several of his ten numbered symphonies feature singers.

Mahler was born into a Jewish family. He had a mother fixation and mimicked her lameness.[1]


  1. AJ Jacobs, The Know-It-All