Taking Mahler back to the Alps
In 2017, OFE made history.
They took Mahler’s music back to the three Alpine towns where it was all composed, the first time these locations have ever been performed at by any one group. They stunned local audiences with a series of performances of the Ninth Symphony and now return annually with a new programme, often expanding their concert schedule to include other locations of importance to Mahler. He, like composers throughout history, took great inspiration from the natural world, and the three ‘composing huts’ OFE performs at are situated in remote mountainous locations of outstanding beauty.
They now return every year with a new programme, revisiting these special locations and incorporating new ones. The tour’s principles of connecting music with its environmental origins remain the central inspiration for all our work.
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Gustav Mahler's Field of Flowers
As well as being a unique artistic endeavour, the Alpine Tours also have an important environmental purpose.
OFE is working together with the Naturpark Attersee Traunsee to create a new nature reserve in Mahler's name. 'Gustav Mahler's Field of Flowers', which will be made open to the public in 2019, is a meadow near Mahler's summer composing residence in Steinbach am Attersee, Austria.
Funded by donations collected at OFE's annual concert at the Mahler festival in Steinbach, the meadow will help preserve the special biodiversity of Mahler's beloved countryside and allow future generations to benefit from the same beautiful surroundings. It will feature information boards so that visitors can learn about the various native flora and fauna that Mahler loved, and that are in ever-growing need of our protection.
Field of flowers photograph © 2018 John Warner.