In addition to the sense of insecurity caused by society ,Mahler’s family also made the unbearable anguish and depression .He has a bad-tempered father ,endless quarrels and scolding between his parents made him suffer a miserable childhood ,what’s more,the death of his brothers also let him get the feeling of the fragility of life and fear of death
In 1881,the twenty- years-old young Mahler failed in a composing competition, to make a living ,he came to a small theatre located in the south of Austria and started his conductor life. Though busy in work ,he still kept finding the inspiration of composing .In 1883, Mahler fell in love with a singer，the experience from the happiness of falling in love to the grief of breaking up ,became the inspiration for him to create his song cycle <Songs of a Wayfarer> and <Symphony No. 1 in D major>
<Songs of a Wayfarer> is a projection of emotional feeling of Mahler ,once he wrote to his friend said that :”This set of songs express a story of a wanderer who was fooled by the fate,stepped in the changing world,and started his endless wandering”
The suit is composed of four songs,from the first song“My lover got married”,Mahler poured out his frustration, full of sadness and helplessness; at the second song”I crossed the fields in the morning”
At 1901 ,Mahler met a beautiful and artistic accomplishment lady ,Alma , while he was composing his Symphony No.5, the arrival of Alma brought some new inspiration for his compose. So he wrote a extremely lyrical adagio as the most affectionate confession to her.