Artists on Artists #2
The Present Day Composer #66

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Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

"His music is so close to my heart. I feel attuned to it. A melancholy, a nostalgia for childhood, for innocence. The attempt to recover life as it used to be when everything is so protected, so untouched, so fresh, what you can never become again. I understand his complexity, I love even his weaknesses, and perhaps some of them are my own."
-- Leonard Bernstein


Biomusicologist said...

Nice picture of Gustav.

Too bad you had to clutter it up with that comment from the famously plagiaristic "composer" and pathetically awful conductor Lennie B. Puke.

Tom Sutpen said...

Lemme guess.

Harold Schonberg, right??

swac said...


I hardly know 'er!

(I am SO weak.)

Fred said...

Say what you will about Maestro Bernstein, but if it weren't for him, would we have the term "Radical Chic"? (And on a more personal note, would I enjoy classical music as much as I do without having had the pleasure of attending his afternoon concerts for children back in the early seventies?).