Gifted Cleveland Orchestra manuscript of Mahler’s Second Symphony

The Cleveland Orchestra has received an autographed manuscript of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”.

The donation was made by philanthropist Herbert G. Kloiber, who is one of the organization’s trustees. The 232-page historical document will be preserved in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art where it will be accessible to the public.

“When I acquired Mahler’s autograph score, I knew I was only doing so as a temporary custodian, responsible for finding a permanent place for this magnificent document,” Kloiber said in an official press release. “My experiences with the Cleveland Orchestra over the past few years, both on tour in Europe and in their magnificent concert hall at the Severance Music Center, led me to conclude that this would be a wonderful location for this great document.

The ensemble will present Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 on September 29 and 30 to open the 2022-23 season. Franz Welser-Möst will direct the performances which will be dedicated to Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Kloiber.

“Personally, and on behalf of the Cleveland Orchestra, I am extremely grateful to my dear friend Herbert Kloiber for his most generous gift of Mahler’s autograph score,” Welser-Möst added. “The first time Herbert showed me the manuscript was a deeply moving occasion. As a musician and especially as a conductor, this is one of the most special moments you can experience in your life. Seeing Mahler’s handwriting on the page and following his process, one feels even closer to the composer and this masterpiece.

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