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





Instrumental Works


Vocal Works


Unfinished Works


Lost and Spurious Works






Mahler's Publishers


Supplementary Essays




Using the Catalogue


Conventions & Abbreviations




Index of Works


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Supplementary Essays



1. Lost and Found: the Edytha Moser Collection of Mahler Proofs

This short essay is based on two newspaper reports of legal proceedings connected with the alleged theft of a set of proofs, annotated by Mahler, of songs published by Kahnt in 1905. Only those for Kindertotenlieder and 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen' have found their way into a public collection (Memorial Library of Music, Stanford University).

2. Mahler on the performance of his Lieder (1906–7)

In Berlin in 1907 Mahler accompanied the Dutch baritone, Johannes Messchaert, in a recital of his songs. This essay examines their correspondence, and in particular the evidence it provides of Mahler's pragmatic and creative response to collaboration with a singer he admired. It also explores an unforeseen consequence of this collaboration, which could have undermined the composer's relations with two singers, Messchaert and Tilly Koenen.

3. Josef Stritzko (1861–1908)

An account of the career of the composer, conductor and businessman, Josef Stritzko who, as the head of the music department of the Erste Wiener Zeitungsgesllschaft (trading under the name 'Josef Eberle & Co.'), was effectively Mahler's main publisher in the years 1898–1910. A provisional list of compositions by Stritzko forms an appendix.

4. Pflichtexemplaren (Deposit Copies)

This short essay outlines the legislation that required the provision of deposit copies of books and music by publishers to the 'Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Police, the Court Library and to those university or district libraries identified in each administrative area as eligible for this purpose', and provides a table of the Pflichtexemplaren of Mahler's works that have been located during research for this catalogue.

5. Wiener Volksausgabe - Jos. Eberle & Co.

This page offers a complete list of the volumes of Eberle's unsuccessful, but historically significant music publishing venture, the Wiener Volksausgabe (1888–89).

6. Ferdinand Weidig (1841–1921), Mahler's Hamburg Copyist

This page offers a biography of Weidig and his family - particularly his son Adolf (1867–1931), a distinguished composer and teacher in Chicago - and traces Ferdinand's later life, and his emmigration to the USA in 1903.

7. Franz Viktorin (c.1830–1888), conductor and teacher in Iglau

This essay outlines the career of one of Mahler's earliest teachers which reportedly began in military bands and took Viktorin and his wife (a singer) from modest provincial theatres to rather larger houses in Budapest and finally Berlin.


Working Papers



1. C.F. Kahnt plate numbers 1888–1920

This list was prepared to aid the challenging process of compiling an evidence-based chronological listing  of the exemplars of the numerous undated copies of the songs by Mahler which, although initially issued separately by Kahnt from 1905, were eventually also published, from 1917, under the collective title Sieben Lieder aus letzter Zeit.

2. Mahler in Teplitz-Schönau, 1908–1931

This page provides a chronological listing of the Mahler performances given by the Teplitz-Schönau Stadtliches Kur-Kapelle in the years 1908–18, conducted by Johannes Reichert.

3. Mahler's Music in Supplements, Albums and Magazines

This page provides chronological listings of the appearance of Mahler's music in magazines, albums and magazine supplements in the period 1904–1933.

4. Mahler – European Radio Broadcasts 1924–1930

This page provides a chronological listing of a sample consisting of approximately 700 broadcasts of Mahler's music by European stations in the the early years of radio.

5. Nathalie Bauer-Lechner – Inventories

This page provides transcriptions of two inventories of Natalie Bauer-Lechner's collection of Mahler autographs prepared after her death in 1921. The first dates from c. 1921–25, the second from c. 1929.

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