May 2011

a man of genius

“In Mahler we have lost a man of genius, a man who brought important ideas to the artistic life of our times, a seething, driving force, a great agitator and a great educator, and a master of his art. How do those lines run in his beautiful poem, Urlicht? ‘I am from God and would go back to God.’ And in the symphony’s final chorus, the words thunder forth: ‘Rise again, you shall rise again from the dead!’. What Gustav Mahler achieved can never be lost.” Conclusion of Julius Korngold’s obituary article on Gustav Mahler, published in the Neue Freie Presse, 19 May, 1911