New Complete Critical Edition of Mahler's Fourth Symphony Now Available from Universal Edition
Feb. 16, 2022
Gustav Mahler's Fourth Symphony was and is his most frequently performed symphony. A new critical edition of this so well-known work was imperative: the volume in the old Mahler Complete Edition was published more than half a century ago. With current Mahler research, there are now new insights regarding the evaluation of sources for a serious scholarly edition, and in addition, new, previously unknown sources have recently emerged.
The Critical Complete Edition is published by the International Gustav Mahler Society and has its roots in circles of composers and musicologists who were also active at the Vienna Academy of Music and at the publishing house Universal Edition. Founded in 1960 by Erwin Ratz, a student of Schönberg, the International Gustav Mahler Society was continued by Karl-Heinz Füssl until his death in 1992. Reinhold Kubik, a musicologist who also worked at Universal Edition, then took over the leadership and brought about the expansion of the content and quality of the New Critical Complete Edition, now continued by the Mahler experts Stephen E. Hefling and Renate Stark-Voit. The goal of this New Critical Complete Edition is to provide scholarly, philologically developed editions for musical practice as well as for historical and analytical research. In doing so, the sources are arranged, compared, and evaluated to determine the main source as the basis for the edition of the respective work and to define the corrective or supplementary role of the other sources. Read more about the history of this work and view fascimilies of the New Complete Critical Edition here.
Watch an interview with editor Renate Stark-Voit here, in which she provides valuable insight into the special characteristics of this edition and discusses the relationship between Gustav Mahler and his publisher, Universal Edition.
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