The Music Plays On — Mahler Symphony №1

Gustav Mahler, 1881

Gustav Mahler had every intention of becoming a composer. However, the professional success he attained and experienced during most of his career was based almost solely on his rather considerable skills as a conductor. Why did this happen?

In 1880, three years after graduating from the Vienna Conservatory, Mahler composed his first large piece, the incredibly dramatic cantata, Das klagende Lied