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Alma Mahler (Composer)

Born: 31st August 1879, Vienna, Austria

Died: 11th December 1964, New York City, NY, United States

Nationality: Austrian, American

Alma Maria Mahler Gropius Werfel was an Austrian composer, author, editor, and socialite. At 15, she was mentored by Max Burckhard. Musically active from her early years, she was the composer of nearly fifty songs for voice and piano, and works in other genres as well. Only 17 songs are known to survive.

In her early years, she fell in love with composer and conductor Alexander von Zemlinsky, but their relationship did not last long. She became the wife of composer Gustav Mahler, who insisted (as a condition of their marriage) that she give up composing.

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