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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Exciting! Mahler Manuscripts Online from Ontario

Our professional association, the International Association of Music Libraries, shared this interesting news with us earlier this week.  Considering very few musicians ever get the chance to view original Mahler manuscripts 'in the flesh', the chance to see five manuscripts digitized online is a very exciting proposition indeed.

(And what's more - the Director of Talbot College's Music Library at Western University, Ontario, is an alumnus of the RCS, or RSAMD as it was called back then.  Brian McMillan graduated as Master of Opera in 1995)!

Quoting the newsflash:-

The Music Library of Western University (London, Ontario, Canada) is pleased to announce the arrival online of 5 music manuscripts from the Gustav Mahler-Alfred Rosé Collection: These 5 manuscripts, in Mahler's hand or annotated by Mahler, include:
  • some of the earliest songs composed by Mahler (5 [sic: 3] Lieder Josephinen zueignet)
  • the first movement, scherzo, and finale of the earliest extant score of Mahler's 1st Symphony.  (This was analyzed in Stephen McClatchie's 1996 article "The 1889 Version of Mahler's First Symphony: A New Manuscript Source" (19th-Century Music 20, no. 2 (1996): 99-124).
More information about the Gustav Mahler-Alfred Rosé Collection may be found at the Music Library's website:

Western Libraries, Western's Cultureplex, and the Internet Archive are acknowledged for their assistance in making these manuscripts accessible online.
More information from:-
Brian McMillan
Director, Music Library
Western University
Talbot College, Rm. 234
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, CANADA N6A 3K7

Email: bmcmill2 "at"

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