I suspect that Gustav's disdain for Nietzsche derived from Nietzsche's harsh criticisms of Wagner. But, Gustav's rejection of Nietzsche reveals a curious parallel between them. As Alma Schindler Mahler was the femme fatale and muse of Mahler, Gropius, and Werfel, Lou Andrea Salome was the femme fatale and muse of Nietzsche, Rilke, and Freud. When the marriage of Alma and Gustav faltered, Gustav employed the counsel of Sigmund Freud who advised Gustav to encourage Alma to return to composing music.
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