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Scholarly Journeys Toward Gustav Mahler – Essays in Honour of Henry-Louis de La Grange for his 90th Birthday

Edited By Paul-André Bempéchat

This collection of essays forms the second Festschrift to honour the dean of Gustav Mahler research, Henry-Louis de La Grange, on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday. It includes vibrant, new historical, theoretical, and aesthetic research on the complex mind which produced among the best-loved orchestral works and songs of Western classical music.
Henry-Louis de La Grange's passion and tireless devotion to Gustav Mahler began when he first heard his Ninth Symphony conducted by Bruno Walter at Carnegie Hall in New York. He went on to plumb the depths of this composer's mind and soul and to explore every facet of his existence.
Among the many honours he has gleaned since the publication of the first Festschrift, Neue Mahleriana (Lang, 1997), Henry-Louis de La Grange has been named Professor by the Government of Austria (1998) and Officier de l'Ordre de la Légion d'honneur (2006). He has also been awarded Bard College's Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters, the Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst, 1. Klasse (2010), the Gold Medal of the Internationale Gustav Mahler Gesellschaft (2010), and an honourary doctorate from The Juilliard School (2010). As another everlasting tribute, the American film director Jason Starr released his documentary film, For the Love of Mahler: The Inspired Life of Henry-Louis de La Grange, in 2015.
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Berthold Goldschmidt and Mahler: A Lifelong Relationship

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Berthold Goldschmidt and Mahler

A Lifelong Relationship

JÖRG ROTHKAMM

As scholar, orchestrator, translator, conductor and composer, Berthold Goldschmidt is renowned chiefly as a driving force behind Deryck Cooke’s ‘performing version’ of Gustav Mahler’s unfinished Tenth Symphony. Goldschmidt’s special involvement with this work is incontestable, as he devoted over two decades to assure its fruition.

Throughout his life, Goldschmidt had worked relentlessly on Mahler. In Berlin he worked on performances of the Eighth Symphony, and after his emigration to the United Kingdom continued his Mahler activities, among them conducting The Philharmonia Orchestra in the Third Symphony. For the BBC’s World Service, between 1944 and 1947, Goldschmidt broadcast Mahler’s Ninth. As a result, he came in contact with Anna Mahler, and even Alma Mahler had taken note of his Mahlerian legacy. This helped convince her—she was initially ignorant about the project to complete the Tenth—to rescind her ban on performances of the work. It was through Goldschmidt’s premiere in 1964 that she became convinced of the new score’s worthiness. Goldschmidt revised the score after Cooke’s death, together with Colin and David Matthews upon consultation of Kurt Sanderling’s revision.

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