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Type: Composer
Nationality: Austrian
Date of Birth: 07/07/1860




 

Gustav Mahler Quotes

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The real art of conducting consists in transitions.
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Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.
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I was a crazy young man who let himself be blinded by his passions and obeyed only the impulses of the moment.
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Beauty and fullness of tone can be achieved by having the whole orchestra play with high clarinets and a carefully selected number of piccolos.
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Never let oneself be guided by the opinion of one's contemporaries. Continue steadfastly on one's way.
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You must renounce all superficiality, all convention, all vanity and delusion.
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Destiny smiles upon me but without making me the least bit happier.
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It is strange how one feels drawn forward without knowing at first where one is going.
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There is a world of difference between a Mahler eighth note and a normal eighth note.
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The further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes.
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It should be one's sole endeavor to see everything afresh and create it anew.
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It's not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it.
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In the theatrical works we love and admire the most, the ending of the drama generally takes place offstage.
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Even if people censure me, they should do so hat in hand.
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Behind me the branches of a wasted and sterile existence are cracking.
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I beg of you... never assume an inner or an outer pose, never a disguise.
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An operetta is simply a small and gay opera.
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I hope you will no longer accuse me of a lack of delicacy. as I now count on your understanding.
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I am hitting my head against the walls, but the walls are giving way.
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If you think you're boring your audience, go slower not faster.
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I have become a different person. I don't know whether this person is better, he certainly is not happier.
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Discipline, work. Work, discipline.
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The longer you live and the more you learn, the more clearly you will feel the difference between the few men who are truly great and the mere virtuosi.
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Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift.
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Don't bother looking at the view - I have already composed it.
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