Gustav Mahler’s Der Abschied
A facsimile from the
Gustav Mahler Stichting Nederland
Availability – April 2017

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In December 1917, the great Dutch conductor Willem Mengelberg conducted the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.  Following that performance, Alma Mahler presented Mengelberg with two scores of Der Abschied – the particell (short score) and the full orchestral score.  Alma included the note ‘To the Friend of Gustav Mahler… The most wonderful interpreter of his work, Willem Mengelberg’

The Gustav Mahler Stichting Nederland has produced a facsimile set of the two scores.

The set is offered in the same format as presented by Alma Mahler to Mengelberg. It consists of:

  • A box, wrapped in black paper 34.5 x 27 cm (~ 13.5” x 10.5”).
  • The particell (‘Clavierauszug’), 19 pages plus 12 cover pages.
  • The orchestral score (‘Partitur’), 43 pages plus 12 cover pages.

In addition, there is a booklet of 40 pages plus 8 cover pages. It contains introductions by Dr. Frits Zwart, director of the Dutch Music Institute and the author of a multi-part biography of Mengelberg, and Dr. Eveline Nikkels, chair of the Gustav Mahler Stichting Nederland and author of two books on Mahler. In addition, there is an article by the late Edward Reilly, musicologist, and one of the foremost American Mahler scholars. The booklet includes drawings and photos. This volume is in English and German.

The price of this extraordinary set is now € 70.00 plus shipping from the Netherlands. The planned availability is April 2017.

The Colorado MahlerFest is helping the Gustav Mahler Stichting spread the word and gauge interest in the facsimile.  The facsimile set, its contents and description is solely the responsibility of the Gustav Mahler Stichting Nederland. If you would be interested in purchasing a copy (or two), please send an email to facsimile@mahlerfest.org stating your level of interest.  Orders will have to be placed with the Dutch Mahler Foundation; your email is to help estimate demand and is non-binding. You will be contacted via email when the facsimile set is available.