Where Mahler kept his cigarettes…

Where Mahler kept his cigarettes…


norman lebrecht

April 21, 2015

Following our mini-feature on composers who smoked, it turns out that a reader happens to own Gustav Mahler’s initialled cigarette case.

mahler's cigarette case

He was never, by all accounts, a heavy smoker, but he clearly needed to have a pack at all times about his person.


  • Yoon Jae Lee says:

    That’s interesting. I don’t recall ever seeing a photo of him smoking.

  • Mark Gresham says:

    I have seen only two photos of Mahler smoking. One is at an outdoor party, standing, smoking a cigar. The other is allegedly of him on a New York street in 1910, but hard to tell (IMHO) that it is Mahler.