Gustav MAHLER

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AustrianBorn Gustav MAHLER

Austro-Bohemian late-Romantic composer

Born on July 7, 1860 in Kališt? , Czech republic

Died on May 18, 1911 in Vienne , Austria

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The Mahler family came from eastern Bohemia and were of humble circumstances; the composer's grandmother had been a street pedlar. Bohemia was then part of the Austrian Empire; the Mahler family belonged to a German-speaking minority among Bohemians, and was also Ashkenazic Jewish. From this background the future composer developed early on a permanent sense of exile, "always an intruder, never welcomed."



Bernhard Mahler, the pedlar's son and the composer's father, elevated himself to the ranks of the petite bourgeoisie by becoming a coachman and later an innkeeper. He bought a modest house in the village of Kalischt (Kalište), halfway between Prague in Bohemia and Brno in Moravia, in the geographic center of today's Czech Republic. Bernhard's wife, Marie (Herrmann), gave birth to the first of the couple's 14 children, a son Isidor, who died in infancy. Two years later, on 7 July 1860, their second son, Gustav, was born.

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