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#649 - Gustav Mahler

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Early Mahler note from his brief stint in Budapest

ANS in German, signed “Gust. Mahler,” one page, 4.5 x 3.25, May 16, 1889. Untranslated note telling his correspondent that he will come to Vienna and speak with him personally. Dated in another hand at Budapest, May 16, 1889. Light scattered foxing and toning, brushing to a single word of the text, and the date extending into the first letter of the signature, otherwise fine condition. At this point in time, Mahler was early in his career and had just controversially taken the position of director and conductor of the Royal Hungarian Opera in Budapest, facing opposition from conservative Hungarian nationalists who wanted the country to depart from its Austro-German cultural traditions. He spent only two years in Budapest before resigning to become the director of the Hamburg Stadttheater. An extremely desirable and early piece from the important composer. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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