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Gustav Mahler


“Imagine the world starting to sing and resound,” Mahler published of his Symphony Simply no. 8, the “Symphony of one thousand.” “It really is no longer human being voices; it really is planets and suns revolving.” Mahler was past due Romantic music’s greatest big thinker. In his personal life time he was generally seen as a conductor who made up privately, producing large, bizarre symphonies approved only by way of a cult pursuing. Created in 1860, in Kalischt, Bohemia, he originated from a middle-class family members. He inserted the Vienna Conservatory in 1875, learning piano, tranquility, and composition within a musically conventional atmosphere. Even so, he became a supporter of Wagner and Bruckner, both of whose functions he would afterwards conduct often, and became section of a public circle thinking about socialism, Nietzschean school of thought, and pan-Germanism. Around 1880, he started performing and composed his first older function, Das klagende Lied. Mahler’s performing career advanced quickly, shifting him from Kassel to Prague to Leipzig to Budapest; he was generally either greatly reputed or completely despised with the performers for his exacting rehearsals and perfectionism. In 1897 he became music movie director from the Vienna Courtroom Opera and, a year afterwards, from the Vienna Philharmonic. Mahler’s performing career permitted structure only through the summers, in some “composing huts” he previously built-in picturesque rural places. He finished his initial symphony in 1888, nonetheless it fulfilled with utter market incomprehension. He reserved this time around for symphonies, most of them large-scale functions, and melody cycles. In Das Lied von der Erde (The Melody of the planet earth), he merged both forms into an huge song-symphony. The Viennese open public largely didn’t understand his music, but Mahler had taken their reactions calmly, accurately predicting that “My period will yet arrive.” On the other hand, his autocratic methods being a conductor alienated music artists. In 1901, the press as well as the music artists essentially compelled his resignation through the Philharmonic. He wedded a young structure college student, Alma Schindler in 1902, plus they quickly got two daughters. By 1907 Mahler was significantly from Vienna, performing his own functions, and therefore he resigned through the opera aswell. Just after receiving the positioning of primary conductor of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, but before departing Vienna, Mahler’s old daughter, age group 4, passed away from scarlet fever and diphtheria, and he discovered he himself got a defective center valve. In NY, he was impressed by the grade of skill and quickly obtained audience authorization. In 1909 he became conductor of the brand new York Philharmonic, which he discovered a lot more agreeable compared to the opera function by this time around. The following calendar year, he previously a triumphant premiere of his substantial Symphony No. 8 in Munich. Regardless of the professional successes, his personal lifestyle experienced another blow when his and Alma’s relationship began having troubles. They stayed jointly, and after he became sick in Feb 1911, she noticed to it that he managed to get back again to Vienna, where he passed away on, may 18. The conductors Bruno Walter, Otto Klemperer, Willem Mengelberg, and Maurice Abravanel held Mahler’s legacy alive, and Mahler’s are actually being among the most documented of any symphonies. His regular incorporation of vocal components into symphonic composing brought to complete fruition an activity that had started with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, demonstrating his music’s company roots within the Germanic traditional tradition. However, it had been his large tapestries of moving moods and shades, which range from tragedy to bitter irony (frequently explicitly indicated in efficiency directions), from café music to evocations from the sublime, that portended a hundred years where multiplicity ruled.

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Full Name Gustav Mahler
Died May 18, 1911, Vienna, Austria
Height 1.63 m
Profession Conductor, Film Score Composer
Education University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, University of Vienna
Spouse Alma Mahler
Children Anna Mahler, María Mahler
Parents Marie Herrmann, Bernard Mahler
Siblings Otto Mahler, Justine Mahler, Isidor Mahler, Ernst Mahler, Leopoldine Mahler
Albums Symphonie Nr. 4, Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (baritone: Thomas Hampson, piano: Geoffrey Parsons), Symphonie Nr. 1, Mahler 9, Symphony No. 1 in D "The Titan", Symphony No. 4 in G, Symphonie Nr. 9, Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Das Lied von der Erde, Kindertotenlieder · 4 Rückert-Lieder, Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Kindertotenlieder (Mono Version), Mahler Plays Mahler, Mahler 3, Mahler 7, Symphony No. 8 (Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski) (disc 2), Symphony no. 9 / Kindertotenlieder, Mahler: Symphonie No. 6, Alma & Gustav Mahler Lieder, Mahler : Symphony No.3, Symphony no. 4, Invitation au Voyage, Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn; Adagio from Symphony No.10, Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor, Quinta Sinfonía, Symphony No. 7, Symphony no. 5, Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordão, Otelo: El Nuevo Musical (Banda Sonora Original), Symphonies nos. 8 & 10, Symphony no. 8, Lieder aus „Des Knaben Wunderhorn”, Dorian Grey: El Retraro, Symphony no. 2 "Resurrection", Mahler, Symphonie Nr. 5, Mahler, Lieder eins fahrenden Gesellen · Kindertotenlider · 4 Rückert-Lieder, Calígula - Un Nuevo Musical (Banda Sonora Original), Mahler: Symphony No. 7, Malher: Das Lied von des Erde, Symphonie Nr. 7, Las Mil y una Noches (Banda Sonora Original), Symphony no. 3, Mahler: Symphony No. 10, Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - "Titan", Symphony no. 4 in G major, Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Leider eines fahrenden Gesellen, Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Resurrection, Symphonie Nr. 3, Symphonie Nr. 5 / Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (Sinopoli) (Edition Staatskapelle Dresden, Vol.21), Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder / Isoldes Liebestod / Brahms: Alto Rhapsody / Mahler: 5 Lieder / Beethoven: Abscheulicher! ('Fidelio')
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1 Reportedly, actor Dirk Bogarde based his appearance and his portrayal in "Death in Venice" on Gustav Mahler.
2 Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 383-384. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
3 Two daughters with Alma Mahler, Maria Anna (1902-1907) and Anna Justina (1904-1988).



Irreversible 2002 writer: "Symphony No. 9 in D Major - Adagio" - as Mahler
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary 2002 "Symphony #1 excerpts", "Symphony #2 excerpts"
Le pornographe 2001 music: "SYMPHONIE No7 Finale et SYMPHONIE No9" - as G. Mahler
Waterboys 2001 music: "SYMPHONY NO.5 IN C-SHARP MINOR -- 4th MOVEMENT"
Elegiya dorogi 2001 Documentary writer: "Unknown musical piece"
Eden 2001/I writer: "Langsam schleppend wie ein Naturlaut Symphony n°1"
Six Feet Under 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bride of the Wind 2001 writer: "Rückert-Lieder: No. 5, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen"
Tod Browning and Lon Chaney 2000 TV Movie documentary writer: "Symphony N°5"
Under the Sand 2000 music: "Symphonie no 2 en do mineur - Résurrection" - as G.Mahler
Before Night Falls 2000 writer: "Adagietto, Sehr Langsam" from Mahler's Symphony No. 5
Timecode 2000 writer: "Symphony No. 5 - Adagietto"
Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes 2000 "Symphonie N°4 en sol majeur"
Hamlet 2000 writer: "Symphony #1, Titan-Langsam Schleppend"
Paragraph 175 2000 Documentary writer: "Symphony No. 5"
My Neighbors the Yamadas 1999 music: "Symphony No. 1 in D Major Titan - 4th Movement", "Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor, 1st Movement"
Österreich - Unser Jahrhundert 1999 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Star Trek: Voyager 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Beware of My Love 1998 writer: "Symphonie n°5 adagietto"
La vida en el aire 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stiff Upper Lips 1998 "Adagietto"
Sitcom 1998 music: "Symphoniie no 1 Feirlich II", "Symphonie no. 3 Langsam", "Symphonie no. 4 Ruhevoll I" - as G. Mahler
Velvet Goldmine 1998 writer: "Symphony No. 6 in A Minor"
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train 1998 writer: "Adagio de la Symphonie n.10"
The Well 1997 writer: "Liebst Du Um Schönheit Rückert Leider", "Symphony No 2. In C Minor 4th Movement - Urlicht"
Telo bez duse 1996 Documentary writer: "Symphony 5 - Adagietto"
Hana yori dango 1996 TV Series writer: "Symphony No.5, Part III: IV. Adagietto"
Lust och fägring stor 1995 music: "Symphony No. 5" Adagietto, "Kindertotenlieder" - as Mahler
The Ren & Stimpy Show 1994 TV Series music - 1 episode
Felidae 1994 "Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'"
Grange Hill 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tikhiye stranitsy 1994 writer: "Kindertotenlieder"
Cheers 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Husbands and Wives 1992 writer: "Symphony No. 9 in D 'Andante Comodo'" 1909-10
Lektionen in Finsternis 1992 Documentary writer: "Symphony No. 2"
Rubin and Ed 1991 writer: "Symphony #1 in D Minor"
Scorchers 1991 writer: "Symphony No. 5 - Adagietto"
Sunday Pursuit 1990 Short music: "Symphony No.5 in C Sharp Minor" - uncredited
Death in Brunswick 1990 writer: "Symphony No. 5: Adagietto" - as Mahler
Alligator Eyes 1990 writer: "GUSTAV MAHLER: SYMPHONY NO. 2 IN C MINOR"
Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator 1989 "Symphony Number 1"
Another Woman 1988 writer: "Symphony No.4 in G Major" 1901
The Music Teacher 1988 writer: "Symphonie No 4, 1. Ruhevoll", "Von der Jugend", "Um mitternacht" from "Ruckert-Lieder: No. 5
Latvoilta jokisuulle 1988 Documentary writer: "Sinfonie Nr. 4 G-Dur", "Sinfonie Nr. 5 cis-Moll", "Sinfonie Nr. 1 D-Dur", "Sinfonie Nr. 3 d-Moll"
Permanent Record 1988 writer: "Symphony No. 5, Adagietto"
Bright Lights, Big City 1988 writer: "Nun Will Die Sonn' So Hell Aufgehn" from "Kindertotenlieder"
Isoäidin kuolema 1986 TV Movie writer: "Der Abschied"
Year of the Dragon 1985 writer: "Resurrection Symphony #2 Fifth Movement"
El Norte 1983 "Symphony #4"
M*A*S*H 1983 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Toute une nuit 1982 writer: "Kindertotenlieder"
Cosmos 1980 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Mystique 1979 writer: "Songs on the Death of Children" - uncredited
In a Year with 13 Moons 1978 writer: "Symphony No. 5 - 4. Adagietto"
Zwischen zwei Kriegen 1978 writer: "Lied von der Erde"
Oi tembelides tis eforis koiladas 1978 writer: "Symphony No. 1"
Libertad provisional 1976 writer: "Symphony No. 1"
Mr. Klein 1976 writer: "Kindertotenlieder - Nun Will Die Sonn' So Hell Aufgehn"
The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard 1976 TV Mini-Series music - 1 episode
The Marriage 1976 writer: "9th Symphony"
Lotte in Weimar 1975 "1st Movement from Symphony No.6 in a minor"
Dixon of Dock Green 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karl May 1974 writer: "Symphony No. 4 in G major", "Symphony No. 2 in C minor"
The Gambler 1974 as Mahler, "Symphony No. 1 in D"
Mahler 1974 writer: "The Mahler Symphonies"
Fall of Eagles 1974 TV Mini-Series "Trauermarsch", uncredited
The Public Eye 1972 music: "Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor" - uncredited
Death in Venice 1971 writer: "Adagietto From Symphony No.5", "Sehr Langsam Misterioso From Symphony No.3"
Four Ways to Say Farewell 1971 TV Movie music: "Symphony No. 9" excerpts
Alla ricerca di Tadzio 1970 TV Short documentary writer: "Symphony No. 4, 1st Movement"
The Honeymoon Killers 1970 writer: "Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 & 9"
Woman in Chains 1968 music: "Extraits de la 4ème Symphonie Symphony No. 4"
Journey to Jerusalem 1968 Documentary "Symphony No. 2 in C Minor Resurrection"
John F. Kennedy Memorial Concert 1963 TV Movie "Symphony No. 2" Resurrection
Voyage of Time: Life's Journey 2016 Documentary writer: "Symphony No. 2 in C Minor "Resurrection""
In Search of Perfect Consonance 2016 Documentary writer: "Symphony No. 4"
Mozart in the Jungle 2014-2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Fargo 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Boardwalk Empire 2010-2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Boys Like Us 2014 writer: "Symphonie N°5"
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 2014 writer: "Symphony No. 9 in D", "Ich bin der Welt Abhanden Gekommen [Rückert-Lieder]"
Hannibal 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
5 to 7 2014 writer: "Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor, I.Trauermarsch"
The Trip to Italy 2014 writer: "Mahler: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen [Rückert-Lieder]"
Ice Soldiers 2013 "Symphony #2 in C minor, 'Resurrection' IV: sehr feierlich, aber schlicht"
Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 writer: "Symphony No. 4 in G: IV. Sehr Behaglich - Wir Geniessen die Himmlischen Freuden"
Gloria 2013/II writer: "Adiagietto de la 5ª Sinfonia"
Treppenwitz 2012 Short music: "Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'"
Orchestra of Exiles 2012 Documentary writer: "Symphony No. 2 in C Minor: 'Resurrection'"
The Artist and the Model 2012 writer: "Novena Sinfonía"
Kibô no kuni 2012 writer: "Adagio" movement from the unfinished 10th"
Perception 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Laurence Anyways 2012 music: "Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'"
Colburn Concert Series 2012 TV Series documentary music - 1 episode
Yossi 2012 writer: "Mahler Symphony Nr 5 in C sharp minor - IV Adagietto"
Ultrasonic Nativity 2012 Short music: "Symphony No. 2, Ressurection: Primeval Light", "Excerpt from Symphony No. 4"
Great Performances TV Series 1 episode, 2009 music - 1 episode, 2011
Banda sonora 2008-2011 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Koi no tsumi 2011 writer: "Symphony No 5 in C Sharp minior - IV. Adagietto"
The Tree of Life 2011 writer: "Symphony No. 1"
The Simpsons 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tsumetai nettaigyo 2010 writer: "Symphony No. 1 In D Major"
Mahler on the Couch 2010 writer: "Symphony 10 - First Movement", "Symphony 4 - Third Movement", "Symphony 5 - Fourth Movement"
Shutter Island 2010 writer: "QUARTET FOR PIANO AND STRINGS IN A MINOR" 1876
The Killer Inside Me 2010 writer: "Symphony No. 2 in C Minor 'Resurrection'", "Ich Bin der Welt Abhanden Gekommen Rückert-Lieder"
Snow White 2009 TV Movie "Mahler: Symphony No.9 In D major: II. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers", "Symphony No. 9 in D: IV. Adagio Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend", "Andante", "Allegro maestoso. Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck", "Im tempo des scherzo", "Andante moderato. Sehr gemächlich", "Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen", "Sehr langsam: O Mensch! Gib acht! - Partie II", "Scherzo Kräftig, nicht zu schnell"
Misfits 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dennis Nilsen: Gr 2009 TV Movie documentary writer: "Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor: IV Adagietto" - as Mahler
Le citt 2009 Documentary short "Sinfonia No. 5 - Adagietto"
Io sono l'amore 2009 writer: "Symphony No. 4 in G Major, 4th Movement Sehr behaglich"
Good 2008 writer: "Decorator's Song - Ging Heut Morgens über's feld" from Songs of a Wayfarer, "Caretakers' Song - Rheinlegendchen" from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, "Film Crew's Song - Die Zwei Blauen Augen" from Songs of a Wayfarer, "Party VIPs' Song - Revelge" from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, "The Jews' Song - Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, 4th movement", "Concentration Camp Band - Symphony No. 1 in D Major, 3rd movement"
Come diventai Alida Valli 2008 Documentary "Adagietto From Symphony No.5"
Of Time and the City 2008 Documentary writer: "Symphony No.2 in C minor - Resurrection"
Le genou d'Artémide 2008 Short writer: "Das Lied von der Erde"
Flame and Citron 2008 writer: "From Symphony No. 3 in D Minor"
Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music 2007 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Sleeping Betty 2007 Short music: "Symphony No. 1"
In memoria di me 2007 writer: "Symphony No. 5 - IV. Adagetto"
How Music Works 2006 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Ficció 2006 writer: "Symphony NR 3 in D Minor", "Symphony NR 5 in C Sharp Minor Adagietto"
One Symphony Place: A World Premiere Live from Music City 2006 TV Movie writer: "Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Resurrection" "Movement IV: Urlicht", "Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Resurrection" "Movement V: Scherzo"
Children of Men 2006 music: "Kindertotenlieder: Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'n"
Vilniaus getas 2006 writer: "Adagietto from The 5th Symphony" fragments
Suite Dreams 2006 writer: "3rd Movement from Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'"
Kamyu nante shiranai 2005 writer: "Adagietto"
Mana: Beyond Belief 2004 Documentary "Symphony No. 7"
Letters of Service 2004 Short writer: "Symphony No. 1 in D Major"
Drakengard 2003 Video Game writer: "Symphony No.5"
Coffee and Cigarettes 2003 writer: "Ich Bin der Welt Abhanden Gekommen I Have Lost Track of the World"
Bumer 2003 writer: "Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor"
Last Dance 2002 Documentary writer: "Songs to Poems from Des Knaben Wunderhorn"



All-Star Orchestra 2013 TV Series 1 episode
Keeping Score 2011 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Májusi zápor 2009 TV Movie as Mahler
Au milieu de l'orchestre 2009 TV Movie documentary
Love Song 2008 Short
Habana - Arte nuevo de hacer ruinas 2006 Documentary
Urlicht 2006 Short
Gustav Mahler - Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen 2005 Video
L'armadio 2004 Short
Elegiya dorogi 2001 Documentary
Pieta 1998 Short
Kázání rybám 1998 TV Mini-Series international version
Great Composers 1997 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Ceremoniár 1996
The Windows 1996 Short
Ça se passe en Équateur 1994 Short
Kamen 1992
Adolf Dietrich, Kunstmaler 1877 - 1957 1991 Documentary
À force de partir, je suis resté chez moi 1990 TV Short
Mezi svetlem a tmou 1990 Documentary short
Czlowiek srodka 1988 Video documentary short
The Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler 1985 Video documentary
Variace na téma Gustava Mahlera 1980 Documentary short
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 1972 TV Movie
Death in Venice 1971

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Another Wannabe Model 2015 Short music by
A Flower 2015/I Short music
Modus Operandi 2014 Short composer: additional music
Om de wereld in 50 concerten 2014 Documentary featured music
La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura 2014 Short
Povratak posljednjeg 2014 Documentary stock music
Ataraxia 2013/II Short composer: theme music: Sinfonía No. 2
Hölderlin-Fragmente 2009 Short composer: stock music
József és testvérei - Jelenetek a parasztbibliából 2004 composer: stock music
Merci pour le Chocolat 2000 composer: additional music - as Mahler
Povinnost 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary composer: song "Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen" from "Kindertotenlieder"
Denk ich an Deutschland - Das Wispern im Berg der Dinge 1997 TV Movie documentary non original music
Dukhovnye golosa. Iz dnevnikov voyny. Povestvovanie v pyati chastyakh 1995 Documentary composer: song "Wenn dein Mütterlein tritt zur Tür herein" from "Kindertotenlieder"
Freek de Jonge: De goeroe & de dissident 1990 TV Special documentary stock music
Võõra nime all 1986 TV Movie composer: additional music
The Book of Mary 1986 Short composer: stock music - as Mahler
Inferno (Pakao) 1985 Documentary short composer: stock music
Bernstein on Mahler 1985 TV Movie documentary composer: selected works
Gustav Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 8 1975 TV Movie documentary music by

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1 The Symphony is like the world. It must contain everything.
2 I am thrice homeless, as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, and as a Jew throughout the world. Everywhere an intruder, never welcomed.

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