Wednesday 18 May 2011

Gavin Plumley goes in Search of the Austrian Composer Gustav Mahler

Mahler died a 100 Years ago today

Traveling in Mahler's Footsteps
A journey recorded and narrated
by Gavin Plumley

A 100 Years ago today,
the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler
passed away in Vienna.
Mahler was born
in a German Jewish family
in the now Czech village Kaliště,
then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Lake Attersee
A view of the lake
where Gustav Mahler
summered from 1893 to 1896


The video is property and
© by Gavin Plumly
and used with
his kind permission

Gavin Plumley's blogs
celebrating the 150th anniversary
of Mahler's birth in 2010
and the 100th anniversary
of the composer's death in 2011

Gavin's blog is a veritable treasure trove
for any music lovers,
but it does not stop there,
he includes all of the Schönen Künste
in the blogs he shares with us.

Mahler's 4th Symphony,
Fourth Movement:
Heavens Life
"We enjoy heavenly pleasures
and therefore avoid earthly ones.
No worldly tumult
is to be heard in heaven.
All live in greatest peace.
We lead angelic lives,
yet have a merry time of it besides.
We dance and we spring,
We skip and we sing.
Saint Peter in heaven looks on."

Dedicated to
those we love,
wherever they may be


Lake Attersee pictures
from Summer 2010
and April 2009
© by Merisi


  1. Dear Readers,
    the last image, taken on a misty morning in April 2009,
    leads you to Wikipedia's site about Mahler's Fourth.
    May your day be filled with music and love,

  2. In case my text is not clear enough:

    Clicking on the sea-green text will lead you to the promised links.

    Clicking on the last picture, of the misty lake,
    leads you to the Wikipedia site about the Fourth!


  3. Anonymous18 May, 2011

    As I said before, every post has and gives away its own atmosphere : Your last 2 pictures look so serene ...
    They make me feel so and "start fresh"... while a hectic day is ahead of me ...

  4. Marie-Noëlle,
    merci beaucoup!
    I have so many fond childhood memories of the lakes of the Salzkammergut, from my summers with my grandparents, fond memories of all sorts of laughter and mischief with my sister, who had to leave us when she was still so very young, our secret visits to Zauner's in Bad Ischl. I always feel a great peace when I am able to return there again. Lake Attersee, Wolfgangsee, places of the heart, as they say.
    For Gavin to allow me to introduce you to his documentary film really moved me. There are places he traveled to, that will forever be chiseled into my heart. So full of incredibly beautiful memories.

    Tess Kincaid,
    Mahler and his music have a special place in my heart. I hope to one day I will be able to follow in Gavin's steps and travel to the places I have not seen yet.

    Thank you, Tess, for always being such a good friend. xxx

  5. I just love the third picture-a peaceful lake and view over the mountains-all in blue, very poetic!

  6. He is my favorite composer. thats all.


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