Natalie Bauer-Lechner: Mahler’s Confidante

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Natalie Bauer-Lechner is remembered in the Mahler world as a close family friend for a period of almost 10 years who kept a detailed journal documenting her conversations with the great composer. These diaries have proven a rich source of information about Mahler’s views on
music and even the creative process.

But Bauer-Lechner was much more than a devoted follower; she was a leader in her own right: as a pacifist, a feminist, and as an accomplished musician in a leading chamber ensemble of her time.

Sybille Werner talks about Natalie’s life and explains the role her priceless recollections played in completing, revising, and editing the first volume of Henry-Louis de La Grange’s biography of Mahler.

Stephen Hefling explains the history of the journal notebooks, their current location, and just how many of them have not yet been published.

Finally, Beate Thalberg shares with us the making of her film “My Time Will Come: Gustav Mahler as Remembered by Natalie Bauer-Lechner.”

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