Being Gustav Mahler


Frederic Chaslin

Gustav Mahler died in 1911. At least that is what Cornelius Franz, conductor at the Vienna Opera, believed. What is his surprise then when he feels a being quivering within him who speaks to him, evokes the wandering Jew, insinuates himself into his gestures, and colonizes his mind, with the avowed aim of making him complete his 10th Symphony, that his physical death prevented him from perfecting!

A sometimes happy intimacy and moments of revolt then animate the exhausting relations of Gustav and Cornelius, brought to the verge of madness in this initiatory journey which makes him aware of his weak talent in the face of Mahler’s genius.


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