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Mahler Manuscript at Music Library

A manuscript of a section of Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony is part of the Music Library collection.

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December 9, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- A manuscript of a section of Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony is part of the Northwestern University Music Library collection.

This early sketch documents Mahler's creative process by showing a number of changes he made in rhythms and harmonies while composing the final movement's opening section.

The Music Library has submitted images of this manuscript to the Royal College of Music in London for an online project that will provide international access to Mahler's original works.

The manuscript came from a collection assembled by prominent musicologist Hans Moldenhauer, author of the book "The Death of Anton Webern." In addition to Northwestern, Moldenhauer's archive is now distributed among several other institutions, including the Library of Congress and Harvard University.

The Northwestern University Music Library includes more than 300,000 volumes of books, printed music, sound recordings and journals; maintains subscriptions to more than 400 periodicals; and provides access to a wide variety of online resources. The library is among the nation's largest music libraries and is recognized internationally for its extensive holdings of scores and archival materials documenting music composed since 1945.