Dear music lovers,
Here is the first edition of the Musikblätter, which is to be published bi-annually. With this, we hope to pursue an ambitious goal: to continue the tradition of the Musikblätter des Anbruch, founded by Universal Edition in the early 20th century.
The first edition turns the spotlight on Gustav Mahler – 18 May was the 100th anniversary of his death. The musicologist Renate Stark-Voit reports here on her work on the collected critical edition of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, while 25 renowned Mahler conductors talk about what the “contemporary composer of the future” means to them. We also present reduced versions of Mahler’s symphonies by Klaus Simon and let Mahler’s contemporaries have their say. Markus Hinterhäuser reports on the “Mahler scenes” at the Salzburg Festival.
Pierre Boulez offers an insight into his workshop in an interview in this edition, while Wolfgang Rihm analyses Arnold Schönberg’s Orchestral Variations op. 31. We provide details of the latest works by Friedrich Cerha. The focus is also on Franz Schreker, with articles by Christopher Hailey and Ingo Metzmacher. Mark Sattler writes about Georg Friedrich Haas, composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival, while Tobias Niederschlag interviews Johannes Maria Staud, the Capell- Compositeur (composer-in-residence) in Dresden. In an interview with rising star Pablo Heras-Casado, the conductor reveals his approach to Kurt Weill. And last but not least, we report on our discovery of Hans Sommer, who shared in the creation of the romantic orchestral song.