Seeing Mahler Music and the Language of Antisemitism in Fin de Siècle Vienna

K.M. Knittel

No one doubts that Gustav Mahler’s tenure at the Vienna Court Opera from 1897 1907 was made extremely unpleasant by the antisemitic press. The great biographer, Henry Louis de La Grange, acknowledges that ‘it must be said that antisemitism was a permanent feature of Viennese life’. Unfortunately, the focus on blatant references to Jewishness has obscured the extent to which ‘ordinary’ attitudes about Jewish difference were prevalent and pervasive, yet subtle and covert.

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