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Gustav Mahler
July 7, 1860 - May 18, 1911
Nationality: Austrian
Category: Composer
Subcategory: Austrian Composer

An operetta is simply a small and gay opera.


You must renounce all superficiality, all convention, all vanity and delusion.


The spirit can assert itself only through the medium of clear form.


What I wanted and what I visualized while composing has not always been realized.


I don't let myself get carried away by my own ideas - I abandon 19 out of 20 of them every day.


The further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes.


There is a world of difference between a Mahler eighth note and a normal eighth note.


I also had a brother who was like me a musician and a composer. A man of great talent, far more gifted than I. He died very young... he killed himself in the prime of his life.


I beg of you... never assume an inner or an outer pose, never a disguise.


I live like a Hottentot. I cannot exchange one sensible word with anyone.


A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.


It's not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it.


The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause.


If I weren't the way I am, I shouldn't write my symphonies.


If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.


Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift.


With the coming of spring, I am calm again.


Discipline, work. Work, discipline.


The real art of conducting consists in transitions.


In the theatrical works we love and admire the most, the ending of the drama generally takes place offstage.


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