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During his lifetime, Gustav Mahler’s works found only minor, local success; after the composer’s death things went to the other extreme giving rise to a Mahler cult. This duality is the subject of the lecture delivered by British writer and music critic Norman Lebrecht (editor of Slipped Disc) on October 5 at 2.30 pm in the Banner Square of the Palace of Arts.

What were the reasons for the negative feelings toward the Austrian conductor-composer in the 19th century and what made him accepted and renowned in the 20th? These are the questions to be answered.