Natalie Bauer-Lechner

Mahler's Confidante and Pioneer of Her Time

6th Gustav Mahler Festival 2022 in Steinbach am Attersee

Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Volksliedsammlung

What I am most grateful to the godhead for in my life is that it let me [...] meet Mahler."
Natalie Bauer-Lechner in her will


Natalie Bauer-Lechner was a violist and for more than 10 years a close friend of Mahler and his siblings. In the summers of 1893 to 1896 she was a permanent guest in Steinbach, coordinated the construction of the composing hut and accompanied Mahler on countless trips. As a musician and admirer of Mahler she wrote down her conversations with the composer with a richness of content and detail that makes these remembrances invaluable. But Bauer-Lechner was also an author, a champion of human rights, feminist, pacifist, a woman ahead of her time.


Program 2022

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Wednesday - July, 6th 2022





17:00 Christian Ludwig Attersee Saal, Steinbach

Unpublished texts from Natalie Bauer-Lechner's diaries from the forthcoming edition by Stephen Hefling and Morten Solvik.

Natalie-Bauer-Lechners "Erinnerungen an Gustav Mahler" / Quelle:
Natalie-Bauer-Lechners "Erinnerungen an Gustav Mahler" / Quelle:
Historische Ansicht Gasthof Föttinger um 1890
Historische Ansicht Gasthof Föttinger um 1890


Dining with Gustav Mahler                      An Unforgettable Evening


19:00  near the church of Steinbach

A memorable dinner with a beautiful view of Lake Attersee in honor of the person at the center of this year's Mahler Festival: Natalie Bauer-Lechner. 

We conclude the evening with a special tribute to Mahler's favorite dish: Marillenknödel, apricot dumpling.


Mahler and Marillenknödel

The Gustav Mahler Festival at Steinbach am Attersee, in cooperation with the EU project Up-Create, is taking this favorite dish of the famous Austrian composer as an occasion to call for a unique competition. Young composers are invited to write a work for chamber ensemble inspired by this topic. The world premiere and awarding of the first prize will take place at the Mahler Dinner. The winner will be invited to take part in the Up-Create event at this year’s Biennale in Venice in November 2022. For more:


Caféhaus-Szene aus dem Film "Meine Zeit wird kommen" / Quelle: YouTube
Caféhaus-Szene aus dem Film "Meine Zeit wird kommen" / Quelle: YouTube

Thursday - July, 7th 2022


17:00 - Mahler's Composing Hut, Seefeld


Reception with aperitif and the opening of the 6th Gustav Mahler Festival and Special Exhibition 2022 with special guests.

Festliche Eröffnung beim Komponierhäuschen am See
Festliche Eröffnung beim Komponierhäuschen am See



19:00 - Festsaal Hotel Föttinger, Seefeld

Eva Tacha-Breitling, Recitation
Christina Gansch, Soprano

Deirdre Brenner, Piano


Excerpts from letters and texts from Natalie Bauer-Lechner's book, Fragmente. Gelerntes und Gelebtes as well as lieder by Franz Schubert, Ethel Smyth, Clara Schumann, Gustav Mahler, Richard Stöhr and Erich J. Wolff.

Friday - July, 8th 2022



Musician, Mahler Friend, Advocate of Women's Rights

Portrait of an Exceptional Woman (in German)

10:00 - Christian-Ludwig-Attersee-Saal, Steinbach


Prof. Dr. Franz Willnauer 


Among the many women who accompanied Mahler's professional and private life, Natalie Bauer-Lechner holds a special place: as a musician colleague, soulmate, "never liberated bride" and loyal chronicler. What Eckermann was for Goethe, was Natalie for Gustav - a stroke of fortune. We profit from that to this day.

Natalie Bauer-Lechner, 1897          (Albrecht Spiegler, Wien)
Natalie Bauer-Lechner, 1897 (Albrecht Spiegler, Wien)





11:00 - Christian-Ludwig-Attersee-Saal, Steinbach


Gustav Mahler as remembered by Natalie Bauer-Lechner
Filmed in part in Steinbach am Attersee (2010)


including a talk with the director Beate Thalberg


Free admission but limited number of participants

Scene from "My Time Will Come"
Scene from "My Time Will Come"




19:00 - Gustav-Mahler-Saal, Seefeld


Bauer-Lechner was the violist of the famous Soldat-Röger women's String Quartet from 1895 to 1913.

Soloists of the 1. Frauenkammerorchester von Österreich will perform works by Johanna Müller-Hermann, Vilma von Webenau and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel sowie pieces by Johanna Doderer and Gustav Mahler inspired by Alma Mahler.

Es spielen Solistinnen des ersten Frauen-Kammerorchesters von Österreich
Erstes Frauen-Kammerorchester von Österreich / Quelle:

Saturday - July, 9th 2022




based on Bauer-Lechner's recollections


10:00  Attersee-Traunsee Nature Park,

Meeting point: garden terrace of Hotel Föttinger

Duration: ca. 2.5 hours incl. rest and musical performance

Transportation to resting spot is possible

Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather


The time has come for love seasonings, women's herbs, and manly plants. Let's explore nature as humanity's teacher -  nature, with all its fragments joined together to form a whole. Learning and living on the edge of the fields in bloom.





19.00 Schloß Kammer, Schörfling

Iris Vermillion, Mezzo-Soprano

Christiane Behn, Piano


Whether earthly or heavenly - love inspires artistic expression, also in music. In this program we experience the personal sides of composers, male and female, that are variously connected with Mahler's biography.


Works for voice and piano by Gustav Mahler, Alma Mahler, Richard Wagner, Hermann Behn, Johannes Brahms, Ethel Smyth and Alexander Zemlinsky


Introduction by Prof. Dr. Franz Willnauer

Sunday - July, 10th 2022


Orchestra for the Earth


10:00 Gustav Mahler Saal, Seefeld


Orchestra for the Earth

The British chamber orchestra is our guest once again on their "Alpine Tour" with a concert matinee in Steinbach am Attersee featuring songs by Gustav and Alma Mahler, folk melodies by Dvořák and Berio as well as a chamber arrangement of Mahler's Symphony No. 1.

  • Antonín Dvořák: Lieder from Zigeunermelodien Op.55
  • Luciano Berio: “Black is the colour” and “I wonder as I wander” from Folk Songs
  •  Gustav Mahler: “Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Alma Mahler: “Laue Sommernacht” and “Die stille Stadt” from Fünf Lieder


  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 


Members of Orchestra for the Earth

Gabriella Noble, Mezzo-Soprano

John Warner, Conductor

Orchestra for the Earth
Orchestra for the Earth


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