TALK­ING GUS­TAV…

What they’ve said about Mahler

BBC Music Magazine - - COVER FEATURE -

‘You should never trust any­one who lis­tens to Mahler be­fore they’re 40.’

Clive James, writer, broad­caster and poet

‘I have al­ways adored Mahler, and Mahler was a ma­jor in­flu­ence on the mu­sic of The Bea­tles. John and me used to sit and do the Kin­der­toten­lieder and Wun­der­horn for hours; we’d take turns singing and play­ing the pi­ano. We thought Mahler was gear.’

Paul Mccartney, mem­ber of The Bea­tles

‘A Haydn sym­phony had a mean­ing for the so­cial group that lis­tened to it. A Mahler sym­phony had a mean­ing for the man who com­posed it. Here is the dif­fer­ence be­tween the Clas­si­cal and Ro­man­tic at­ti­tudes to art.’

An­thony Burgess, writer and com­poser

‘The dif­fer­ence be­tween Beethoven and Mahler is the dif­fer­ence be­tween watch­ing a great man walk down the street and watch­ing a great ac­tor act the part of a great man walk­ing down the street.’

Aaron Co­p­land, com­poser

‘Ours is the cen­tury of death, and Mahler is its mu­si­cal prophet.’

Leonard Bern­stein, con­duc­tor and com­poser

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