Chief Editor's Report
Newly prepared parts for the Sixth Symphony have now been published which correspond to the score of the "revised edition of 1998." The Vienna Philharmonic was the first orchestra to play from the new parts. (The performance took place on 7 December 2001 under Zubin Mehta, who defended his performance of the work with the third hammer blow with the comment "but that's what's in the score." Let it be said that this is not in our score.)
The score and orchestral parts of the new Critical Edition of the Fifth Symphony have been completed and have undergone the usual time-consuming process of correction (in this context I would like to thank Robert Threfall, London, and Rüdiger Bornhöft, Bremen, for their extensive and first-rate cooperation). The new volume consists of 400 pages, 333 dedicated to the score itself. The orchestral parts consist of about 800 pages. I produced all of the typesetting (text and music) on the computer (as was the case with the recently published volumes of Wunderhorn lieder and Das klagende Lied).
At the same time, work has begun on a new Critical Edition of the Second Symphony. This will be a co-production of the Kaplan Foundation and Universal Edition; the editor will be Renate Stark-Voit (who will be familiar to the users of the Complete Critical Edition as the editor of the Wunderhorn lieder under a slightly different name). Gilbert Kaplan is supporting the venture with words and deeds, for which many thanks.
Reinhold Kubik, Editor-in-Chief
Publications, Projects and Events
The News About Mahler Research appeared as usual two times in the report period and was registered with an ISSN code as an international periodical.
On July 11, 2001 a memorial plaque was unveiled along the "Via Artis" in Mahler's vacation town of Bad Aussee. The project was the result of the interest of the City Council and the efforts of the Herr Dir. Franz Josef Neumayr in cooperation with our Society. In addition, Erich Wolfgang Partsch represented the Society as a participant in the "Forum Aussee 2001" (lecture, workshop).
Cooperation with the Richard Strauss Institut Garmisch-Partenkirchen led to a successful exhibition on Strauss and Mahler entitled "Gegenpole der neuen Magnetachse [Polar Opposites of the New Magnetic Axis]" (conceived by Rainer Boss). The Society served in a consulting capacity and assisted by lending materials. The opening took place on 10 November.
An interdisciplinary event called "Mahler-Gespräche" [Mahler Talks] took place on 15 and 16 November at the University of Klagenfurt. The symposium was a joint event of the Department of Cultural Studies (Dean Prof. Friedbert Aspetsberger) and the Society. Participants representing the Society were: Herta Blaukopf, Reinhold Kubik, Erich Wolfgang Partsch, and Renate Stark-Voit. The lectures will appear in print.
Prof. Frank Fanning prepared a comprehensive homepage for us free of charge. The website, which is continually being expanded, provides basic information as well as specifics regarding the holdings of the library and archive. By year's end we had 7,000 visits by internet users, including 48 new memberships.
For the reporting year the Society received a subsidy from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Transportation of 80,000 ATS. The Cultural Office of the City of Vienna provided the Society a grant of 70,000 ATS.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks for this financial support through public institutions as well as for payments and contributions from our members and friends.