Crises in the life of Gustav Mahler inspired some of his greatest works?but eventually led to an early death.
The life of the brilliant composer and conductor Gustav Mahler was punctuated by crisis. His parents both died in 1889, leaving him the reluctant head of a household of siblings.
He himself endured a nearly fatal medical ordeal in 1901. A beloved daughter died in 1907 and that same year, under pressure, Mahler resigned from the directorship of the Vienna Opera.
In each case Mahler more than mastered the trauma; he triumphed in the creation of new major musical works.