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Mahler, Gustav
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF THE POEM "BALLADE VOM BLONDEN UND BRAUNEN RITTERSMANN", AN EARLY, HITHERTO LOST, DRAFT FOR THE TEXT OF THE FIRST VERSION OF "DAS KLAGENDE LIED", SIGNED ("GUSTAV MAHLER")
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Mahler, Gustav
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF THE POEM "BALLADE VOM BLONDEN UND BRAUNEN RITTERSMANN", AN EARLY, HITHERTO LOST, DRAFT FOR THE TEXT OF THE FIRST VERSION OF "DAS KLAGENDE LIED", SIGNED ("GUSTAV MAHLER")
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AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF THE POEM "BALLADE VOM BLONDEN UND BRAUNEN RITTERSMANN", AN EARLY, HITHERTO LOST, DRAFT FOR THE TEXT OF THE FIRST VERSION OF "DAS KLAGENDE LIED", SIGNED ("GUSTAV MAHLER")
comprising three parts, numbered by the composer "I"-"III", of nine, five and seven stanzas, respectively, with autograph title ("Ballade vom blonden und braunen Rittersmann"), signed and dated at the end ("Gustav Mahler 18.1-3/379.")

...Vom Felsen hoch erglänzet das Schloß,
   die Zinken erschall'n und drommetten,
   dort sitzen der Ritter muthiger Troß,
   und die Frauen mit goldenen Ketten!

   "Was will der jubelnde, fröhliche Schall, 
   was leuchtet und glänzet im Königssaal
                 o Freude, heia Freude!"...

8 pages, large 8vo (22.5 x 14.3cm), the second and third pages paginated apparently by the composer, ink-blot to lower margin of first page, later pencil annotation to last page ("7569 inv."), [Vienna,] 1-3 March 1879, horizontal and vertical folds, some splitting to hinge and folds


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Literature

Gustav Mahler. Neue Kritische Gesamtausgabe, Supplement, Band 4 (2011), pp.236ff.

Catalogue Note

A SIGNIFICANT MAHLER DISCOVERY, ADDING TO OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TEXT FOR THE FIRST VERSION OF DAS KLAGENDE LIED.

THE TEXT OF THIS MANUSCRIPT IS SUBSTANTIALLY UNPUBLISHED, THE LAST TWO SECTIONS BEING UNKNOWN TO SCHOLARS.

Das klagende Lied, a setting of his own three-section poem for soloists, choir, and two orchestras, was Mahler's first major work, the musical composition of which occupied the composer between spring 1879, at the earliest, and the end of 1880. Two later revisions, which reduced the poem to two sections, followed in 1892-1893 and 1898-1899.

In the Mahler Gesamtausgabe, Andreas Michalek notes the existence of 14 variant texts in all for the work, six of these belonging to the period of genesis of the three-movement version of 1880. The present draft of the poem, is the source listed as 'T1' in the Gesamtausgabe, only the first part of which was hitherto known, from a partial copy in The Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel Collection, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the date of the poem, however, is not 'probably March 1878' as supposed in the edition, but 1-3 March 1879. This date places the source after two other poem manuscripts listed by the Gesamtausgabe, one regarded as lost and supposedly dated 18 March 1878, and the other at the Beinecke Library, Yale, a gift for Mahler's friend Josef Steiner and dated 27 February 1879. The present draft was written out for another of Mahler's youthful friends, Anton Krisper, and enclosed with a letter to him of 5 March 1879 (see lot 51).

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