Norman Lebrecht-noted music critic, novelist, and author of the classicMahler Remembered-explains why Gustav Mahler, relatively obscure in his own time, has become the most popular symphonist of ours. Although he was well regarded as a conductor, when Gustav Mahler died in 1911 his compositions were considered "incomprehensible" and "unlistenable." In the 1960s, with Leonard Bernsteinrs"s passionate advocacy, Mahlerrs"s star began to rise. And in 2009, superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel chose a Mahler symphony for his first concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mahler had famously remarked that his "time will come."Why Mahler?explores how we have come to find ourselves in Mahlerrs"s time. Norman Lebrecht approaches the question from an unusual and personal angle, discussing how the composerrs"s music has affected his own life as well as the cultural life of the twentieth century. He travels to Mahlerrs"s birth- and resting places; speaks with surviving members of his family; and delves into why, for many fans, Mahler is not just a composer but a religion, and why, even for less-ardent listeners, Mahlerrs"s popularity has eclipsed that of Haydn or Beethoven. Equal parts biography, memoir, and appreciation, this is a book that will allow us a fuller understanding than we have ever had of Gustav Mahler and of his abiding place in our musical sensibilities.