Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fragment 3010

He seemed to me then the very archetype of a romantic. His appearance, his blazing, indeed fanatical artistic zeal, his intensity, his grotesque humour all struck me as the incarnation of one of ETA Hoffmann's fantasy figures. His incomparably passionate concentration while rehearsing and conducting, forever reminding me of his fantastical forerunner, Kreisler, made such an impression that I wholly forgot that he made room in his life for other activities and that his name had first struck me as a composer....

Bruno Walter on Mahler...

Kapelmeister Kreisler
Drawing by Hoffman

Gustav Mahler
Silhouette by Otto Bohler

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