While Mahler was alive, he was better known as a conductor rather than a composer. His conducting methods, which were often criticized, were highly volatile, bold, and unpredictable. He was just as passionate about conducting as he was composing.
I’m sorry but I’m just really happy I found these caricatures. I laughed heartily for like five minutes.
“I can’t imagine what my school friends must have thought was going on because I was wandering around in some kind of dream. I felt as though my insides had been taken out which is, I now realize, the right feeling.”
Simon Rattle on hearing his first Mahler Symphony, aged 10.