Mahler III

48″ x 72″
Oil on Canvas
Private Collection – Toronto, Ontario

“My symphony will be something the world has never heard before. In it Nature herself acquires a voice and tells secrets so profound that they are perhaps glimpsed only in dreams! I assure you, there are passages where I myself sometimes get an eerie feeling; it seems as though it were not I who composed them.”

A letter to his mistress of the moment, the soprano Anna von Mildenburg

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

 

Premiere of the complete symphony: June 9, 1902, Krefeld, conducted by the composer