Gustav Mahler died 14 years after Johannes Brahms, for whom we found a handful of mutual acquaintances within living memory.
But Mahler seems so much closer to us – in part, because of the modernity of his outlook and, in part, because many of his associates – Walter, Klemperer, Alma – lived into the 1960s and 1970s.
The people I met who knew Mahler were:
1 His daughter, Anna (r.), who became a close friend.
2 His ‘niece’, Eleanor Rosé, my upstairs neighbour.
3 Leopold Stokowski, who claimed to have attended the Munich world premiere of the eighth symphony in 1910.
So who were your Mahler contacts?