Music: Wormy Mahler

Some composers, like the late great Richard Wagner, draw hisses from their contemporaries but plaudits from posterity. Others, because of their immediate appeal or the complete lack of it, rouse no sparks in their own time or later. Very few continue to stir up quarrels long after they are dead. But Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler are still fighting words. Bruckner, Austrian composer of nine symphonies and a handful of other large-scale works, died in 1896. His disciple Mahler,

Bohemian composer of nine-and-a-half symphonies and several song cycles, died in 1911. No one is...

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