The World of Yesterday: The Life and Loves of Alma Mahler

klimt-the-kissIn his memoir Die Welt von Gestern (The World of Yesterday), the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig looked nostalgically to the period in Viennese history that preceded the collapse of the Austrian-Hungarian empire. The last decades of the 19th century, known as the Viennese Golden Autumn, also marked the twilight of Romanticism.

The lush sonorities and profound emotionality of the music of this period is showcased through vocal and instrumental works by Brahms, Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, Alma Mahler, Zemlinsky, and Kreisler, composers’ letters and Stefan Zweig’s memoir.

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Written by Eve Wolf
Directed by Donald T. Sanders

March 13, 2003

The Kosciuszko Foundation
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