MAHLER'S MANUSCRIPT NOW IN CLEVELAND

Sep 28, 2022

By Andy Johnson

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It was bought anonymously for more than $5-million dollars, it’s written by the composer in his own hand, and after more than 100-years it is now in Cleveland.

It is the score that Gustav Mahler used when he conducted the New York Philharmonic in Cleveland in December of 1910.  He died the following spring in Vienna at the age of 50.

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced that it has received the manuscript of Mahler’s Second Symphony as a gift and identified the mystery buyer who paid $5.6 million for it in 2016 as 74-year old Austrian media mogul Herbert Kloiber.

What makes the score so valuable is that it is unaltered, unbound and marked in blue crayon with Mahler’s own edits.

Selections from the manuscript will be on display before the orchestra opens its new season with performances of the “Resurrection”.

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