Scores by the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler

As one of the great and visionary composers, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) stands at the transition from Late Romanticism to Modernism, parallel to the epoch of Jugendstil.

With each of his symphonies he wanted to “build a world”. Most of his contemporaries did not understand this; his works were considered too long, overloaded and confused. But Mahler placed great trust in his compositions: “My time will come.”

And indeed, his nine symphonies, the Song of the Earth and his songs are today part of the standard repertoire of orchestras, conductors and singers worldwide. The unfinished 10th Symphony is played either as a fragment (only the first movement was completed) or in an arrangement based on Mahler’s sketches.

Like his antipode Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler is considered a master of orchestration. Mahler made his career above all as an opera conductor: as director of the Vienna Court Opera (today Vienna State Opera) he set standards that are still exemplary today.

The scores and piano reductions of his works are published by Universal Edition Vienna, and the publishing house Breitkopf und Härtel has also begun a new edition of the symphonies in 2019.