RISM Modern Monday: Music Manuscripts in the Gustav Mahler-Alfred Rosé Collection

Did you know that music in RISM's database extends beyond the year 1800? RISM has quite a bit from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Over the next few Mondays, we'll put the spotlight on some of the newer pieces in the database.

The first entry comes from Cheryl Martin (RISM Canada) and talks about Gustav Mahler manuscripts in Canada.

The Gustav Mahler-Alfred Rosé Collection was donated to The University of Western Ontario (CDN-Lu) beginning in October 1983 by Mrs. Maria C. Rosé, widow of Professor Alfred Rosé; Rosé was the nephew of Gustav Mahler. The collection contains several manuscripts written by Mahler, and also several of Mahler’s manuscripts copied by Alfred Rosé.

The manuscripts have recently been catalogued for RISM. They include:

  • the earliest known manuscript of Mahler's Symphony no. 1 (see image); this is a copyist's manuscript which includes annotations written by Mahler

  • Mahler's Clavier-Quartett, 1. Satz; manuscript copy, in the hand of Alfred Rosé

  • the text of Des Knaben Wunderhorn; in Mahler's hand, written on three pages of Vienna State Opera stationery

  • Josephinen Lieder for tenor and piano

  • several songs

  • a few measures of the second movement of the Fourth Symphony (1 January 1902) with a note from Mahler

  • the original first movement of Das Klagende Lied (Waldmärchen); copy, in the hand of Alfred Rosé

  • choral parts and a piano-vocal score prepared by Alfred Rosé for the world premiere of Waldmärchen, which he conducted in 1934

Some of these items have been digitized, and links to the digital copies will be added to the RISM records. More information about the collection, and a link to an inventory of the entire collection, can be found here.

Image: Mahler's Symphony no. 1 (courtesy of Western University). RISM ID no. 820000232.


Category: Library collections

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