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Third Ear

A classical music critic’s take on ‘Mahler on the Couch’

Examining the enduring genre of the composer biopic.

On Aug. 26, 1910, outside a cafe in the Dutch city of Leiden, Gustav Mahler met Sigmund Freud. They spent four hours together in deep discussion while walking the streets of that university town. They never met again.

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