Jihlavá honours Gustav Mahler

The central Bohemian town of Jihlavá has unveiled a statue in a park dedicated to the composer and conductor Gustav Mahler on the 150th anniversary of his birth on Wednesday. Mahler was born in a nearby town but spent most of his childhood in Jihlavá. President Václav Klaus, who attended the event, pointed out that although Mahler spent most of his life elsewhere his roots remained in the town. Mahler was a musical director and conductor throughout most of his life and regarded composing as a secondary activity. His works attracted interest before his death in 1911 but were largely forgotten later and, because he was a Jew, were banned by the Nazi regime. They enjoyed a revival starting in the 1950’s.

Author: Chris Johnstone