Happy Birthday to Alma Mahler, 31 August 1879 – 11 December 1964. A Viennese socialite, Alma moved in artistic circles. She herself was a composer, but she is more often remembered for her many love affairs (including marriage to Gustav Mahler, Walter Gropius, and Franz Werfel). After reading her obituary in the New York Times, which called her “the most beautiful girl in Vienna,” musician, mathematician, and satirist Tom Lehrer decided she deserved the following ballad.

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