Alfred Eduard Rose (1902-1975)

Relation to Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): A son of a sister (nephew).

  • Sister:
  1. Alma Maria Rose (1906-1944).
  • Profession: Austrian conductor, composer, pianist and music therapist.
  • Correspondence with Mahler: No.
  • Marriage: d.d. ?
  • Wife: Marie Madeleine Maria Caroline Rosé (Schmutzer) (born: 05-04-1909, died: 03-05-1999 London, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada). Aged 89. 
  • Naturalized Canadian: 1955.
  • Died: 07-05-1975, London, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada. Aged 72.
  • Buried: ?

Alfred (Eduard Emmerich) Rose (Rosé) (1902-1975)Alma Maria Rose (1906-1944) and Justine (Ernestine) Rose-Mahler (1868-1938).


He studied piano in Vienna principally with Richard Robert and theory with Franz Schmidt, Arnold Schoenberg, and Karl Weigl. He became an assistant conductor and coach 1922-1927 of the Vienna State Opera. At this time he toured Europe as a pianist with the Rosé String Quartet, founded by his father, the violinist Arnold Rosé. He was music director of the Calderon Festivals of the Vienna Burgtheater 1923-1924 and of the Max Reinhardt Theatre in Vienna. After three years in Berlin he returned to Vienna where he conducted the Volksoper and taught 1932-1938 at the Volkskonservatorium. Moving to Cincinnati in 1938, he taught piano and theory, coached, and lectured there until 1948. 

In 1946 Rosé directed a summer workshop in opera at the Western Conservatory of Music, London, Ont, and in 1948 he moved to that city to teach at the University of Western Ontario. In 1973 he retired with the rank of professor emeritus. In 1950 he became organist-choirmaster at St Martin's Church. He was a pioneer in music therapy and set up programs at Westminster Hospital in 1952 and the London (Ont) Psychiatric Hospital in 1956. 

As a composer Rosé's most productive years were the 1920s and 1930s. Of his many songs 10 were published (1927-1928, Doblinger, Krämer) in Austria. His Adagio for cello and orchestra (1941) was premiered in 1974 in London, Ont. Other works in larger forms are Sonata in A (1936) for piano and Tryptichon (1937) for large orchestra. 

Rosé's connection with Mahler and his extensive collection of scores and letters (the latter now at the University of Western Ontario) made him a valued source of information for researchers. 

Alfred Rose collection 

The Gustav Mahler-Alfred Rosé Collection was donated to the Music Library of The University of Western Ontario in October 1983 by Mrs. Maria C. Rosé, widow of Professor Alfred E. Rosé, who was the nephew of composer Gustav Mahler and the son of Justine Mahler Rosé and Arnold Rosé (concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and leader of the Rosé String Quartet). See: Gustav Mahler - Alfred Rosé Collection,