Gustav Mahler's widow, Alma Mahler-Werfel packed up all the manuscripts and notes of his husband into a suitcase after the Anschluss to take it with her to the immigration to New York.
In order to be able to board a ship departing from Lisbon, the small group – with Heinrich Mann among them – had to walk several kilometers on mountain trails at the French-Spanish border. Alma, being already rather old at the time, was unwaveringly carrying the suitcase – she wanted to have Mahler's legacy in safety. The manuscripts, among them the Piano Quartet in A minor, are still held at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. This piece, having such a romantic fate will also be played by Balázs Fülei and the artists of the Hungarian State Opera within the framework of the orchestra's traditional chamber music series at their concert on September 9th at the Erkel Theatre.
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