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The Newberry Library Colloquium

In Search of Mahler's Letters: Critical Sources in the Newberry Library
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

4 – 5 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Salvatore Calomino and James L. Zychowicz, Scholars-in-Residence, Newberry Library

In addition to Gustav Mahler’s engaging songs and symphonies, his letters contain important details about his life and works. Yet it has taken over a century for the correspondence to be published. Fifty publications, many in the Newberry’s collection, preserve important parts of the composer’s correspondence, while others contain clues about the recipients. In tracking Mahler’s letters Sal Calomino and Jim Zychowicz explore the ways in which Mahler’s legacy was shaped by his wife, friends, and colleagues and, in turn, influenced modern conceptions of the composer. The images of Mahler that emerge in the published correspondence have a bearing on biography and criticism, so that close readings offer insights not found elsewhere.

The Newberry Library Colloquium is a weekly gathering of Newberry staff members, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and readers on Wednesday afternoon in the Towner Fellows’ Lounge. Refreshments are available at 3:30 pm and an informal presentation begins at 4 pm, followed by discussion. The talks are varied, but all relate to the Newberry collections in some way. Speakers may describe a current research project, highlight a particular collection, or discuss one of the Library’s many ongoing or special programs. The Colloquium is open to the public and no reservations are required.