During the summer months between 1908-1910, Gustav Mahler composed some of his most celebrated works in this rustic but idyllic wooden cabin in the heart of the Dolomites: the 9th and 10th symphonies and “Das Lied von der Erde” (The Song of the Earth).
“How can people forever think,” cried Mahler “that Nature lies on the surface! Of course it does, in its most superficial aspect. But those who, in the face of Nature, are not overwhelmed with awe at its infinite mystery, its divinity (we can only sense it, not comprehend or penetrate it) – these people have not come close to it. …] And in every work of art, which should be a reflection of Nature, there must be a trace of this infinity.“
Gustav Mahler – Recollections of Natalie Bauer-Lechner, July 1900
The trees surrounding Mahler’s composing hut in Toblach were exposed to strong winds that damaged them partially, ravaging their tops. This unfortunate situation converted them into a potential risk for the cabin as they could fall on it.
Moreover, heavy snowfall destroyed many trees in the forest in the Puster Valley. Dry summers caused the proliferation of the bark beetle which contributed in eradicating more forest.
This is the reason why we are opting to plant larches and deciduous trees as they are much less prone to these destructive natural phenomena.
Important Dates to Remember
Ordering of trees starts now and until 12.07.2023
Official planting day: Friday 14.07.2023
Concert for the planted trees with the official mentioning of the tree donors: Sunday, 16.07.2023 (during Gustav Mahler Music Weeks in Toblach) at a special concert of “DIVINERINNEN” at 11:00 am.
Prices vary depending on size/type of tree. Orders can be made via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your support will help us bring a new forest to the composing hut in Toblach!
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The cabin itself has been restored privately by Herbert Santer (owner) and partly with the help of the south Tyrolean government. During the summer months the cabin is open to the public one day in the week with a guided tour organized from the tourist office of Toblach (from 7.7.2023 to 25.08. 2023 from 15:00-17:00). Also, during the Gustav Mahler Music Weeks in Toblach held from 15. to 29.07.2023, the composing hut will be accessible from 12:00-14:00.
During the tour inside the cabin, the guide will tell some stories about Mahler in Toblach in English, German and Italian language.
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