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Gustav Mahler's life and music was not short of incident and controversy - find out why with our handy facts gallery.
In 1897 Mahler became director of the Vienna Court Opera, a post he'd hold for ten years. It was a testing time for Mahler, who on more than one occasion had to prove his German cultural credentials to appease his employers. He did so with some storming concerts conducting Wagner.
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