Mahler and his Faith
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Does it matter what a composer believes? Or how deep that faith was? In the case of Gustav Mahler the evidence has been muddied by interested parties. He was raised in a traditional Jewish family, before marrying outside the faith, converting to Christianity to become head of the Vienna Opera and ultimately buried by a Catholic priest. Norman Lebrecht, the internationally bestselling author of Why Mahler? and Genius and Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World 1847-1947, uses new research and personal discoveries to present a lecture, with musical illustrations, on how Jewish Mahler really was – or wasn’t.
Norman Lebrecht is the world’s bestselling author on classical music. His most recent book was the critically acclaimed Why Mahler? His Whitbread Award-winning novel, The Song of Names, is currently being developed into a feature film. Aside from the history of Western music, he has a lifelong passion for the culture and chronicles of the Jewish people. He lives in London.