Mahlers Vegetarismus ist in seinen Briefen dokumentiert:

1. “The following season proved a very gloomy one for Mahler. Once more the “city of music” could furnish him no greater material consolation than that of a few piano-pupils. Evenings he would attach himself to a group of young, poverty-stricken Wagnerian enthusiasts and over a cup of coffee help wage the abstract battles of the music-dramatist’s political and ethical doctrines. Of these sage utterances, one the young musicians adopted unanimously was the proposal to regenerate mankind through a strict, vegetarian diet. Perhaps the cost of meat-dishes had as much to do with this resolution as the realization that carnivorous humanity was going to the dogs. […] Although two years had passed since those unforgettable meatless meetings of the young Wagnerians in Vienna, Mahler was in Olmuetz still a vegetarian, claiming bitterly that he went to the restaurant to starve.”

In zwei getrennten Briefen an Alma erwähnt Mahler seinen Vegetarismus.

2. “Keussler is also already here. A splendid fellow. After the Saturday evening rehearsal, I’ll be joining him for a vegetarian meal. (10 September 1908).”

3. “I’ll presumably have to assume the role of ‘the fleshpots in the land of Egypt’. Ouch! What a metaphor for a husband with vegetarian inclinations! (June 1909).”

  1. Engel, Gabriel Gustav Mahler, Liedersinfonist.
  2. Mahler, Gustav, Gustav Mahler: Briefe an seine Frau, hrsg. Henry-Louis de La Grange und Gunther Weiss (Cornell University Press, 2004), S. 254.
  3. Mahler, Gustav, Gustav Mahler: Briefe an seine Frau, hrsg. Henry-Louis de La Grange und Gunther Weiss (Cornell University Press, 2004), S. 272.

Gustav Mahler, in his younger days, was a vegetarian. There’s a story, recounted by one of his biographers, about how the composer was teased by fellow musicians in a restaurant when he refused meat, instead of asking for spinach and apples.

Mahler might have caught on to this way of eating from reading an essay by none other than classical music’s most notorious vegetarian, Richard Wagner (1813-1883).

1880 (im selben Jahr veröffentlichte Wagner einen Aufsatz über Vegetarismus) schrieb Mahler an einen Freund:

“For the last month, I have been a total vegetarian. The moral effect of this way of life, with its voluntary castigation of the body, is enormous. I expect nothing less than the regeneration of mankind. I advise you to eat suitable food (compost-grown, stone-ground, wholemeal bread) and you will soon see the fruit of your endeavors.”

Schließlich gab Mahler seine vegetarische Ernährung auf, aber eine Reihe von gesundheitlichen Problemen bedeutete, dass er immer aufpasste, was er aß.

Wir wissen nicht genau, wie praktisch Mahler in der Küche war, aber wir wissen, dass seine Schwester Justine einen Mörder Marillenknoedel gebacken hat - traditionelle Wiener Aprikosenknödel. Einer von Mahlers Freunden, Ludwig Karpath (1866-1936)erinnerte sich an den Schock des Komponisten, als er herausfand, dass Karpath kein Fan von Marillenknoedel war.

Gustav Mahlers Schwester Justine machte Killer Marillenknoedel (Aprikosenknödel), ein traditionelles Wiener Gericht.

"Was!" Rief Mahler seinem Freund zu. „Gibt es einen Wiener, dem Marillenknoedel nichts bedeutet? Du wirst sofort mit mir kommen, um das himmlische Gericht zu essen. Meine Schwester Justi hat ihr eigenes Rezept dafür, und wir werden sehen, ob Sie gleichgültig bleiben. “

Karpath wurde sofort ein Fan der Knödel.


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