Chief Editor’s Report
There were no new publications or anything special to report in the preceding year with regard to the Complete Critical Edition. Perhaps one should mention the Austrian premiere of the three-movement version of Das klagende Lied on 11 December 1999 in the large hall of the Konzerthaus in Vienna; the day before the premiere, the undersigned – along with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Singakademie and soloists under the direction of Kent Nagano – had the opportunity to present an introduction to the work before a sold-out house.
Talks took place with Peters publishing house (Frankfurt am Main) regarding the new edition of the Fifth Symphony. The publisher will most likely decide to undertake a thorough revision and an entirely new production of the score. In this case, the undersigned will serve as head of production, editor, and typesetter. The edition might well be able to take into account the various versions of this symphony.
Publications, Projects and Events
Last year, the Society published a spring issue (No. 40) and an autumn issue (No. 41) of the News About Mahler Research in German and in English. We are happy to report that ever more scholars are taking the opportunity of sending in short research papers on a wide range of topics, as evident in the growing size of the News (for instance, No. 40 with 42 pages).
The project Early Mahler Reception is continuing. A number of reports and lists as well as addenda to the existing literature have arrived; we will dedicate one of the next editions of the News to this topic.
The Society was also involved in a number of projects and invited to join in on a number cooperative ventures.
A close working relationship was established with Musikforum Viktring, a group that awards an annual Gustav Mahler Prize in Composition; the president of our Society, Dr. Rainer Bischof, was a juror for the competition for the first time in 1999.
- The theme of the 49th Berlin Festwochen, “Gustav Mahler. The Complete Works,” led to numerous scholarly inquiries at the Society.
- The museum of the city district Wien-Landstrasse put on an a small exhibition entitled “Gustav Mahler – wohnhaft Wien III” [“Gustav Mahler –†resident of Vienna’s 3rd District”].
- Finally, the Society was involved in preparations for two further events: the Egon Wellesz exhibition, containing materials from an envelope of letters by the composer and researcher on loan from the Society’s archives, and the Max Kalbeck Symposium, which took place in May 2000 and for which the Society was invited to participate as co-sponsor.
Subsidies and Membership Fees
For the reporting year the Society received a subsidy from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Transportation of 100,000 ATS. The Cultural Office of the City of Vienna provided the Society a grant of 65,000 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.