- Jonathan Wiener
Mahler, Gustav (07 July 1860–18 May 1911), composer and conductor, was born at Kalište, Bohemia, the son of Bernhard Mahler, a distiller, and Marie Hermann Mahler. Gustav was one of fourteen children, the oldest of the seven who survived past childhood. He could play tunes on an accordion by the time he was four, and began piano lessons at the age of six. He entered the Vienna Conservatory in 1875, concentrating first on piano performance and later on composition. Already familiar with the scores of Richard Wagner's operas, he now sought out a circle of fellow Wagnerians, including the older composer Anton Bruckner, whose work he would acknowledge as an influence....