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Main heading: The Music of Gustav Mahler: A Catalogue of Manuscript and Printed Sources [rule] Paul Banks

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Introduction

 

This catalogue lists all surviving manuscript sources and presents full bibliographic descriptions of the early printed sources: all those that appeared during the composerís lifetime, and first or other important editions that appeared after his death. This information is accompanied by lists of performances during Mahlerís lifetime, brief details of historically significant recordings and supplementary essays.

The aim of this project is to

  • provide physical descriptions of the sources of Mahler's music and their present locations

  • trace their history and interconnections. It also

  • include entries for 'lost' sources, some of which we know must have existed but have never come to public view and others that have had a brief public profile (often in auction or dealers' catalogues), but whose present location is unknown. An awareness of such sources is essential for an understanding of Mahler's working methods and the evaluation and interpretation of the sources that do survive and are accessible.

The Catalogue does not seek to offer a detailed account of the creative processes of which these sources are the main, yet tantalisingly imperfect witnesses: that is another complex task.

 

Phase One

This first phase presents information about the sources for a pair of works: the first two symphonies. These offer a valuable challenge to the potential cataloguer. The sources are numerous, but several important documents are either lost or have not been located. The interconnections between sources are often complex and potentially confusing, perhaps in part because in these works Mahler is learning not merely the art of composing symphonies, but also the practical and professional skills needed, forging a working method that will form the basis of the rest of his creative career.

In addition to the source descriptions this phase also includes extended narrative accounts of four publishers and their involvement with the dissemination of Mahlerís music: Josef Eberle & Co. (Vienna), Friedrich Hofmeister (Leipzig), Universal Edition (Vienna) and Josef Weinberger (Vienna and Leipzig). The period covered encompasses the lead up to the formation of Universal Edition, its early years, and the first years of Emil Hertzka's leadership of this business. This was a period of change in the close-knit world of Viennese music publishing, and one which played a significant impact on the dissemination of new music in the twentieth century.

 

Paul Banks

2007
 

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