"Mahler, Folk Art and Des Knaben Wunderhorn"

3rd Gustav Mahler Festival 2018 in Steinbach am Attersee

Deutsche Version

Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Volksliedsammlung


“[Poetry] that distinguishes itself considerably from any other type of ‘literary poetry’ 

and could almost more aptly be characterized as nature and life than art.”

- Mahler on the folk poetry collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn


Early in his life, Mahler discovered Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a collection of folk poetry that exerted a considerable influence on his vocal works for nearly 20 years. What was his fascination with this relatively old book (1806)? Why did this urbane, abundantly complex composer seek out the art of the people? This year’s Festival program takes a closer look at this literary work and the folk art of the turn of the century, thereby illuminating both Mahler’s creative output and his time.




Mahler and Steinbach am Attersee

Gustav Mahler arrived in Steinbach am Attersee for the first time in the summer of 1893. 

The breathtaking surroundings worked wonders for Mahler’s creativity, inspiring half a dozen songs and most of two enormous symphonies (2nd and 3rd) composed over the course of four summers (through 1896) in a specially built hut at the water‘s edge.

Today the "Komponierhäuschen", as it is known in German, has become a point of attraction for Mahler lovers all over the world.



Gustav Mahler Festival Steinbach

The Gustav Mahler Festival in Steinbach is an annual celebration held on the composer’s birthday (7 July) that presents musical gems as well as cultural and historical insights into this unique historical place. The program purposefully sets aside time for all participants to interact with one another and to enjoy the astounding natural setting in order to celebrate the many facets of Mahler’s inspiration. 

Program Preview 2018

Thursday, 5th July 2018

  • 17:00 Festive Opening  [ Free entrance ]

Gustav Mahler Composing Hut Steinbach am Attersee

  • 18:30 Mahler and Folk Poetry in Song and Text

Reading with Songs

Hotel Gasthof Föttinger, Steinbach am Attersee


Birgid Steinberger, Soprano

Deidre Brenner, Piano

Roman Blumenschein, Reading


- Ticket EUR 25,00 / Person

Friday, 6th July 2018

  • 10:30 Gustav Mahler & Upper Austria  [ Free entrance ]

Keynote Prof. Dr. phil. Franz Willnauer
Christian-Ludwig-Attersee-Saal, Dorfzentrum Steinbach am Attersee


  • 14:00 Folk Culture as Art and Ritual  [ Free entrance ]

Opening of Exhibition and Discussion (in German)

Christian-Ludwig-Attersee-Saal, Dorfzentrum Steinbach am Attersee


Exhibition from July 6 to 12, 2018


Dorfzentrum, Steinbach am Attersee


  • 19:30 Wunderhorn Settings by Mahler and Other Composers

Song Recital

Gustav-Mahler-Saal Seefeld, Steinbach am Attersee


Susan Zarrabi, Mezzosoprano

Sean Michael Plumb, Baritone


- Ticket EUR 25,00 / Person


Saturday, 7th July 2018


  • 12:00 On The Trail of Mahler and Des Knaben Wunderhorn  [ Free entrance ]

Musical Adventure Hike, Steinbach
Meeting Point: Dorfzentrum
Event Partner Naturpark Attersee-Traunsee


  • 17:00 Folk Music of the Monarchy

Concert with Rudi Pietsch  

 - Ticket EUR 25,00 / Person

  • 20:30 Gustav Mahler´s 158th Birthday Party  [ Free entrance ]

Event Partner Hotel Post Weißenbach

with Agnes Palmisano

Sunday, 8th July 2018

  • 11:00 Matinée Concert: Mahler, Symphony No. 4
    Version for Chamber Orchestra with the Orchestra Of the Earth (OFE), Conductor: John Warner

Gustav-Mahler-Saal Seefeld, Steinbach am Attersee

- Ticket EUR 25,00 / Person


Safe the Date - Mahler Festival Preview 2018
Safe the Date - Mahler Festival Steinbach 2018
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