Handwritten musical manuscript, unsigned, one page, 10.5 x 13.5, no date but circa 1907. A sketch leaf from Mahler’s adaptation of Carl Maria von Weber’s opera Oberon. Headed “Melodrama Nro 1a,” the piece begins with Oberon’s lines, written in the upper right margin by Mahler. This is followed by the scene with Oberon, Puck, Hyon, and Sherasmin, and concludes with the first two bars of “Nro 3, Visions.” Extensively hand-corrected and revised by Mahler. In fine condition, with a few small edge tears.
Carl Maria von Weber’s work played an important role in Mahler’s career, from one of his first successes in his conducting days—a performance of his favorite opera, Weber’s Der Freischutz—to his climb to fame in the late 1880s. While living in Leipzig, he befriended Carl von Weber, the composer’s grandson, and agreed to complete the unfinished opera Die drei Pintos; transcribing and orchestrating the existing music, and augmenting it with pieces of Weber’s other work as well as some of his own new compositions, Mahler impressed a full and distinguished house for the Stadttheater premiere in 1888. A fantastic musical sketch connecting Mahler with his influential predecessor. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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