Life and Death

Life and Death

Symposium day 1

Mahler Pavilion

Tickets are available from €50.00


The first part of a two-day symposium about the texts that Mahler chose for his songs and symphonies.


Freddy van Maurik
Peter Revers
Renate Stark-Voit
Stephen Hefling

During the first weekend of the Mahler Festival, a two-day symposium will be held in the Mahler Pavilion, organised by the International Gustav Mahler Society Vienna and the Gustav Mahler Stichting Nederland. The symposium is centred on the texts that Mahler used for his songs and symphonies. How did Mahler choose his texts, what are the recurring themes in these texts, and what was Mahler’s affinity with the ideas of the various authors? In this way, this symposium sets out to generate a multi-layered perception of the composer, the world as he experienced it and the time in which he lived.

The first day of the symposium is entitled Life and Death. Various international speakers will be examining texts that include the Wunderhorn songs and the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. The symposium’s working language is English.