Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was born in Bohemia, was educated in Vienna, worked in several cities in Europe, and then spent ten very influential years as director of the Vienna Court (today, State) Opera. He died and is buried in Vienna.
Some Historical Mahler Sites in Vienna
Mahler at the Vienna State Opera House. Mahler worked here from 1897 to 1907. Today his piano is on display as is a modern portrait. But the most famous monument to Mahler is the bronze bust by Rodin, on display in the Schwind Foyer.
Mahler’s Apartment. Where he lived when he was the director of the opera. The famous photograph of Mahler walking with his hat in hand was taken as he walked from his apartment to the opera house. Today, the apartment building can only be seen from the outside; it is not open to visitors.
Mahler Sites in Seefeld, near Salzburg
Mahler Composing House. Mahler spent several summers in this little village on Attersee in the Salzkammergut. He built this little one-room house to compose in, and it was here, out in nature, where he wrote parts of his 2nd and 3rd Symphonies.
Read Dr. Nelson’s program note on Mahler’s 4th Symphony.