Gustav Mahler - Quotes

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

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

Don't bother looking at the view - I have already composed it.

Don't bother looking at the view - I have already composed it.

With the coming of spring, I am calm again.

With the coming of spring, I am calm again.

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 real art of conducting consists in transitions.

The real art of conducting consists in transitions.

Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.

Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.

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.

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.

I am hitting my head against the walls, but the walls are giving way. ---->>>

The call of love sounds very hollow among these immobile rocks. ---->>>

I was a crazy young man who let himself be blinded by his passions and obeyed only the impulses of the moment. ---->>>

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

Destiny smiles upon me but without making me the least bit happier. ---->>>

The impressions of the spriritual experiences gave my future life its form and content. ---->>>

Fortunately, something always remains to be harvested. So let us not be idle. ---->>>

If you think you're boring your audience, go slower not faster. ---->>>

It is strange how one feels drawn forward without knowing at first where one is going. ---->>>

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

In its beginnings, music was merely chamber music, meant to be listened to in a small space by a small audience. ---->>>

All that is not perfect down to the smallest detail is doomed to perish. ---->>>

I have become a different person. I don't know whether this person is better, he certainly is not happier. ---->>>

I hope you will no longer accuse me of a lack of delicacy. as I now count on your understanding. ---->>>

It should be one's sole endeavor to see everything afresh and create it anew. ---->>>

Never let oneself be guided by the opinion of one's contemporaries. Continue steadfastly on one's way. ---->>>

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

When I have reached a summit, I leave it with great reluctance, unless it is to reach for another, higher one.

When I have reached a summit, I leave it with great reluctance, unless it is to reach for another, higher one.

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

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. ---->>>

The longer you live and the more you learn, the more clearly you will feel the difference between the few men who are truly great and the mere virtuosi. ---->>>

Behind me the branches of a wasted and sterile existence are cracking. ---->>>

Even if people censure me, they should do so hat in hand. ---->>>

An operetta is simply a small and gay opera. ---->>>

Beauty and fullness of tone can be achieved by having the whole orchestra play with high clarinets and a carefully selected number of piccolos. ---->>>

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

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

It is easier to achieve a desired result in short pieces. ---->>>

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

Discipline, work. Work, discipline. ---->>>

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

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

To judge a composer's work, one must consider it as a whole. ---->>>

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

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

Biography

Nationality: Austrian
Born: July 7, 1860
Birthplace:
Die: 05-18, 1911
Occupation: Composer
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Gustav Mahler (German: [ˈmaːlɐ]; 7 July 1860, Kaliště in Bohemia, now Czech Republic – 18 May 1911, Vienna in Austria-Hungary) was an Austrian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century (wikipedia)