Artists on Artists #2 The Present Day Composer #66
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