Gustav Mahler: a world-renowned composer who drew inspiration from the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands

Photo: Petr Veber, Czech Radio

Gustav Mahler, one of the greatest composers of the early 20th century was born in Vysočina Region, also known as the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. Mahler’s birthplace in the village of Kaliště now serves as a guesthouse, restaurant, and concert venue adorned with the composer’s images and artworks.

Czechs like to think of themselves as a nation of musicians. While it’s challenging to gauge the musicality of over 10 million individuals, one undeniable fact is that this country has produced several globally renowned composers. Among them, Leoš Janáček and Antonín Dvořák are perhaps the most celebrated. Yet, there’s another luminary with roots in Czechia who gained fame far beyond its borders: Gustav Mahler.

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Author: Vít Pohanka