Budapest, 31. March 2010 Press release

Kickoff for the Mahler Year in Budapest

Alma Mahler Salon in the Petöfi Literary Museum in Budapest

Budapest, 31 March 2010 – As part of the Mahler Commemorative Year 2010, the Petöfi Literary Museum, in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum in Budapest, is centering on Alma Mahler, the famous composer’s spouse, in a five-part „salon“ series that explores the era of Gustav Mahler.  As a modern woman, wife, and muse, Alma Mahler influenced and experienced the entire cultural life in turn-of-the-century Vienna like no other.

The first salon on 29 March was titled „Vienna at the turn of the century“, and examined the radical changes of that time, which were reflected and juxtaposed in Mahler’s compositions.  The series was created by the former Culture Minister and art historian Zoltán Rockenbauer, who participated in the discussion with Harald Haslmayr (culture and music historian, University of Graz) and István Fried (literary scholar, University of Szeged). The event was moderated by music journalist László Györi.  The well-attended event was topped off with historical recordings of Alma Mahler’s compositions, and a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder by Erika Gál, accompanied by Irena Saveljeva.

The „Alma Mahler Salon“ series will be continued in autumn.

For more information, contact:
Austrian Cultural Forum Budapest
Tel. ++36 1 413 35 90
Fax ++36 1 351 17 72
e-mail: kf-budapest(at)bmeia.gv.at