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Year 1911 (+0). Gustav Mahler died this year (see: Year 1911).

  • 24-05-1911 Berlin: Almost a week after the death of Mahler, Anton Webern (1883-1945) (27) writes to Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) (36) from Berlijn, “Gustav Mahler and you: there I see my course quite distinctly. I will not deviate. God’s blessing on you.”
  • 25-05-1911 Vienna: Only a week after the death of Gustav Mahler, Thomas Mann (1875-1955) ...
  • 00-06-1911 Vienna: Removal with daughter to Wenen’s first district. Elisabethstrasse.
  • 20-06-1911 Rudolf Krzyzanowski (1859-1911) died in Graz (Austria).
  • 00-07-1911 Alma has an affair with biologist Paul Kammerer (1880-1926).
  • 02-07-1911 Felix Mottl (1856-1911) died in Munich (Germany).
  • 17-07-1911 Hendrik Jan de Marez Oyens (1843-1911) died in Amsterdam (Netherlands).
  • 13-09-1911 Berlin: Among the communications received by Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) in Berlijn on the occasion of his 37th birthday is a letter from Anton Webern (1883-1945) (27) informing him that the anonymous buyer of three of Schoenberg’s paintings in 1910 was Gustav Mahler (†0).
  • 20-11-1911 Munich: Das Lied von der Erde. The first public performance was given in the Tonhalle in Munich, with Bruno Walter conducting and sung by Sara Cahier and William Miller. 
  • 22-11-1911 Two days after its premiere, Arnold Schoenberg (37) and Anton von Webern (27) play through a piano-four hand version of Gustav Mahler’s (†0) Das Lied von der Erde. The experience leaves them literally speechless…
  • 00-12-1911 In december publiceert Universal Edition de Achtste Symfonie (zak-partituur) en Das Lied von der Erde (piano-partituur).
  • 30-12-1911 Siegfried Lipiner (1856-1911) died in Vienna (Austria).

Year 1912 (+1). Gustav Mahler died 1 year ago.

  • 00-03-1912 Vienna: Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951): "The fact that I am to receive the Mahler funding is an incredible honor for me. And very touching." (Der Merker, 03-1912).
  • 12-03-1912 Amsterdam: Concertgebouworkest, Willem Mengelberg. Achtste symfonie van Gustav Mahler (Nederlandse première).
  • 26-06-1912 Vienna:  Bruno Walter conducts first performance of Ninth Symphony with Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Max Burckhardt (1854-1912) died.

Year 1914 (+3). Gustav Mahler died 3 years ago.

  • 09-05-1914 American premiere: at the Cincinnati May Festival conducted by Ernst Kunwald. Derde symfonie.

Year 1915 (+4)

Year 1916 (+5)

  • 16-09-1916 Amsterdam: Concertgebouworkest, Willem Mengelberg. Zesde symfonie van Gustav Mahler (Nederlandse première).
  • 16-09-1916 Nederlandse première: Amsterdam, Concertgebouw Orchestra, dirigent Willem Mengelberg. Vijfde symfonie.
  • Hans Richter (1843-1916) died.

Year 1917 (+6)

  • Heinrich August Fischer (1827-1917) died.
  • 30-12-1917 Vienna: After Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951)'s performance with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO) from Das Lied von der Erde in Vienna the manuscripts were packed in a beautiful cassette and given by Alma Mahler in gratitude to the conductor. On the inside of the cover she wrote a flattering mission, "Dem Freunde Gustav Mahler, dem herrlichsten Interpreten seiner Musik, Willem Mengelberg'. Which indicates how closely Mengelberg came to Mahlers musical intentions. From all of Mahler's work, Mengelberg had with Das Lied von der Erde the most intense band and he reached a definite highlight with his interpretations. See also: 22-03-2017.

Year 1918 (+7)

  • 02-05-1918 Amsterdam: Nederlandse premiere door het Concertgebouworkest onder leiding van Willem Mengelberg. Tiende symfonie. 
  • 02-05-1918 Amsterdam: Concertgebouworkest, Willem Mengelberg. Negende symfonie van Gustav Mahler (Nederlandse première).
  • Engelbert Pernerstorfer (1850-1918) died.

Year 1920 (+9)

Year 1921 (+10)

Year 1922 (+11)

Year 1923 (+12)

Year 1924 (+13)

  • 12-10-1924 Vienna: Franz Schalk conducts two movements of Tenth Symphony with Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Opera.
  • 27-11-1924 Amsterdam: Concertgebouworkest, Willem Mengelberg. Tiende symfonie van Gustav Mahler (Nederlandse première).
  • Friedrich Fritz Lohr (1859-1924) died.

Year 1925 (+14)

Year 1926 (+15)

Year 1928 (+17)

Year 1930 (+19)

Year 1931 (+20)

Year 1932 (+21)

Year 1933 (+22)

Year 1934 (+23)

Year 1935 (+24)

Year 1936 (+25)

Year 1938 (+27)

Year 1941 (+30)

Year 1942 (+31)

Year 1943 (+32)

Year 1945 (+34)

Year 1946 (+35)

Year 1947 (+36)

Year 1949 (+38)

Year 1951 (+40)

Year 1955 (+44)

Year 1956 (+45)

Year 1957 (+46)

Year 1960 (49)

  • 01-01-1960 Festivals New York 1960 and 1976.
  • 00-00-1960 Berthold Goldschmidt, Philharmonia Orchestra, Cooke Incomplete First Version from 1960. Tiende symfonie. 

Year 1962 (+51)

Year 1964 (+53)

Year 1966 (+55)

  • 00-00-1966 Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cooke I. Tiende symfonie. 

Year 1968 (+57)

  • 01-06-1968 London: Pianokwartet in a, Engelse premiere in de Purcell Room door het Nemet Ensemble.

Year 1972 (+61)

  • 00-00-1972 Wyn Morris, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Cooke I. Tiende symfonie. 

Year 1973 (+62)

Year 1975 (+64)

  • When Michael Tilson Thomas (1944) wanted to visit the grave of Mahler, the keeper of the cemetery had to look for it. The grave was not much visited at the time.

Year 1976 (+65)

Year 1978 (+67)

Year 1980 (+69)

Year 1983 (+71)

  • 00-00-1983: Boy soprano premiere: 1983, Jamie Westman performed and recorded the 4th symfonie with Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Westman performed the symfonie extensively throughout Europe in 1984. Gustav Mahler's granddaughter Marina Havlicek-Fistoulari (1943) attended one of his performances at the Musikverein in Wenen. Symphony No. 4.

Year 1988 (+77)

Year 1990 (+79)

Year 1995 (+84)

Year 2002 (+91)

  • 00-05-2002 Jerusalem: The original score of Symphony No. 1 was discovered in Jerusalem, among the personal effects of an old student of Viennese music: this score had annotations by Gustav Mahler himself.

Year 2010 (+99)

  • 07-07-2010: 150th anniversary.

Year 2014 (+102)

  • 00-00-2014: Claudio Abbado died.
  • 00-00-2014 Amsterdam: Announcement Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020.
  • 22-04-2014 Amsterdam: Op 22 april 2014 maakt Mariss Jansons (1943), chef-dirigent van het Concertgebouworkest te Amsterdam, bekend dat hij na het seizoen 2014-2015 om gezondheidsredenen stopt bij het Concertgebouworkest. Hij is dan 71 jaar. Jansons is op 14-01-1943 geboren in Riga, Letland. Jansons, in december benoemd tot Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw, begon in 1988 bij het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest. In 2004 begon hij als zesde chef in de geschiedenis van het Concertgebouworkest. Onder zijn chef-dirigentschap werd het orkest onder meer uitgeroepen tot “the world’s greatest orchestra” en werden verschillende cd’s en dvd’s bekroond met prijzen. De zoon van een operazangeres en een dirigent groeide op in Sint-Petersburg, waar hij viool en directie studeerde. Hij leidde diverse grote orkesten en gaf wereldwijd vele concerten. Daarvoor ontving hij meerdere prestigieuze onderscheidingen, zoals de Ernst von Siemens Muziekprijs en het Duitse Bundesverdientskreuz. Jansons is ook chef-dirigent van het orkest van de Bayerische Rundfunk in Munchen.
  • 13-07-2014 Castleton: Lorin Maazel died.
  • 24-09-2014: Christopher Hogwood died. 
  • 03-10-2014 Amsterdam: Daniele Gatti (1961) benoemd tot zevende chef-dirigent Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO/KCO).

Year 2015 (+104)

  • 05-12-2015 Vienna: In an insert to the programme book of a pair of Vienna concerts that he was forced to cancel through illness, Nikolaus Harnoncourt has announced that he is stepping down as head of the Concentus Musicus and will not appear again on the concert stage. Harnoncourt, who turns 86 tomorrow (Dec 6), played cello in the Vienna Symphony Orchestra while forming his own period-instrument ensemble. He became one of the most recorded early-music conductors, branching out to direct major symphony orchestras in 19th and 20th century repertoire, all the way down to Gershwin. A devout Catholic and devoted husband to Alice, he fostered a family feeling among players, a sense f unity rare in the often disputatious world of period practice. His recorded legacy will stand forever. Honorair guest conductor Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO/KCO) in Amsterdam.
  • 18-12-2015 Huizen: Aafje Heynis died. Dutch alto, aged 91. Heynis, 02-05-1924 Krommenie - 18-12-2015 Huizen, was singing at a young age in a children's choir. A conductor of a choral society in Krommenie ordered her on her seventeenth to singing teacher Jo Immink in Amsterdam. She got from 1946 to 1949 professional singing lessons from Aaltje Noordewier-Reddingius (1868-1949) and became a celebrated concert singer, thanks to the support of the soprano Jo Vincent, the choir director Anthon van der Horst and bass Laurens Bogtman, who early heared her exceptional talent. A performance of Brahms' Alt rhapsodie with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO/KCO) under Eduard van Beinum earned her rave reviews. Her voice has been compared to that of the famous British contralto Kathleen Ferrier, but both singers still had their own style. From the mid fifties Heynis performed at home and abroad. She was known as an excellent interpreter of Brahms, Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Mahler. Heynis worked with renowned conductors including Van Beinum, Bernard Haitink (1929), Otto Klemperer, Charles Munch and Wolfgang Sawallisch. She also gave singing lessons. Her last performance she gave on 19-12-1983, after which she decided to stop abruptly. Earlier, she had said: ". I stop singing when I'm on the top of the mountain, On the descent will not be publicly available." Thus she made the same choice as before Jo Vincent, who also had stopped at the height of her career. As a singing teacher Aafje Heynis trained many students (including Margiono). She is considered one of the greatest Dutch singers. 
  • 19-12-2015 Greenwich: Kurt Masur died. The music director emeritus of the New York Philharmonic, who was credited with transforming the orchestra from a sullen, lackluster ensemble into one of luminous renown, died on Saturday in Greenwich, Conn. He was 88. The death, from complications of Parkinson’s disease, was announced by the New York Philharmonic, which said it would dedicate its Saturday night performance of Handel’s “Messiah” to Mr. Masur’s memory.Mr. Masur was the Philharmonic’s music director from 1991 to 2002. When he took its helm, the orchestra was roundly considered to be a world-class ensemble in name only, its playing grown slipshod, its players fractious and discontented, its recording contracts unrenewed. His immediate predecessors — Pierre Boulez, with his cool, cerebral approach and focus on contemporary works, and Zubin Mehta, seen as purveying flash and dazzle at the expense of deep musical meaning — were held more than partly responsible for the artistic decline that had followed the epochal reign of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), the Philharmonic’s music director from 1958 to 1969.

Year 2016 (+105)

  • 01-01-2016 New York: Gilbert Kaplan (1941-2016) died. Kaplan, who amassed a fortune on Wall Street that enabled him to fulfill his fantasy of becoming an orchestral conductor, confining himself to a single work, Mahler’s Second Symphony, but stunning a skeptical musical world with his command of the daunting score, died Jan. 1 in New York City.
  • 05-01-2016 Baden-Baden: Pierre Boulez died, the French composer and conductor who was a dominant figure in classical music for over half a century, died on Tuesday at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was 90. His death was confirmed by his family in a statement to the Philharmonie de Paris. “Audacity, innovation, creativity — that is what Pierre Boulez was for French music, which he helped shine everywhere in the world,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in a statement. Mr. Boulez belonged to an extraordinary generation of European composers who, while still in their 20s, came to the forefront during the decade or so after World War II. They wanted to change music radically, and Mr. Boulez took a leading role. His “Marteau Sans Maître” (“Hammer Without a Master”) was one of this group’s first major achievements, and it remains a central work of modern music. In the early 1990s, he began to appear more widely again as a conductor, with orchestras in the United States (Los Angeles, Cleveland, Chicago) and Europe. (The concerts were often associated with recording sessions for Deutsche Grammophon.) He returned to what had always been his main repertoire, while also developing enthusiasm for Mahler and making occasional visits to territory he had not touched before: Richard Strauss, Bruckner, Scriabin, Janacek. At his death, he was the conductor emeritus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
  • 26-01-2016 Amsterdam: Starting in August 2016, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO/KCO) will visit all 28 member states of the European Union in the course of two and a half seasons as part of the RCO meets Europe concert tour. In repertoire, in spirit and in practice this tour will serve to highlight the fundamental ideas and ideals that can hold Europe together.
  • 27-01-2016 New York: The New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO) announced that Jaap van Zweden (1960) will formally take over the orchestra's music directorship in 2018, after appointing him Music Director Designate in the 2017-2018 season.
  • 11-02-2016 Birmingham: When it comes to discovering conducting talent, few ensembles boast a track record like that of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England. It has been a springboard for the careers of Simon Rattle, the chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Andris Nelsons, the music director of both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. So the announcement on Thursday that the orchestra has chosen the rising Lithuanian conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, 29, as its next music director is sure to attract attention in the music world.
  • 13-02-2016 AmsterdamJaap van Zweden (1960) announces on Dutch television the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO) wil perform on a large open air festival in Amsterdam. Date not yet known. He also confirms that he and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO) will be part of the Gustav Mahler Festival Amsterdam 2020.
  • 21-02-2016: Announcement: Gustav Mahler - Symphony No.8 (Symphony of a Thousand). Multiple choirs, world-class soloists and a super-sized orchestra team up for a performance of Mahler's epic Eighth Symphony. With all-star cast: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski conductor, Melanie Diener soprano, Anne Schwanewilms soprano, Sofia Fomina soprano, Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano, Anna Larsson contralto, Torsten Kerl tenor, Matthias Goerne baritone, Matthew Rose bass, London Philharmonic Choir and Tiffin Boys' Choir. 08-04-2017 in the Royal Festival Hall, London.
  • 05-03-2016: Nikolaus Harnoncourt died. A pioneering and influential early-music specialist and respected mainstream maestro, died on in the village of St. Georgen in Attergau, west of Salzburg. He was 86. Title conductor Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO/KCO).
  • 03-06-2016 New York: New York Metropolitan Opera (MET) has announced that Yannick Nézet-Séguin is to be the company’s new music director. The 41-year-old French-Canadian conductor succeeds James Levine, who held the position for 40 years but retires at the end of this current season. Nézet-Séguin will not take up his position officially until the 2020-21 season due to existing commitments. During the interim period, Nézet-Séguin assumes the title music director designate and will conduct two operas a season, although he will be involved from the outset in the company’s artistic planning. Levine will be music director emeritus.
  • 12-07-2016: On 29-11-2016 the original 232-page manuscript of Symphony No. 2, notated in Mahler’s own hand between 1888 and 1894 during breaks from his day job as a conductor, will be sold by Sotheby’s in London. The first ever autograph of a complete symphony by the composer to appear at auction, it is expected to raise £3.5m to £4.5m, the most for a music manuscript since nine Mozart symphonies sold for £2.5m in 1987. Manuscript Symphony No. 2.
  • 23-08-2016: Rotterdam. The 27-year-old Israeli Lahav Shani is the new chief conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018. He succeeds Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Until three years ago Shani was an unknown beginner. But after winning the International Gustav Mahler Conductor Competition he debuted with success in one after another top orchestra. Last June was Rotterdam's turn. "At the break of the first rehearsal I immediately called my fiancée," he says. "The chemistry was so special ... I said," I sincerely hope that they ask me as their boss - and that happened. " What was not likely yet happened: after the first series of concerts the orchestra members selected Shani, after reportedly unanimously, their new chief conductor.
  • 02-10-2016: Sir Neville Marriner died (1924). Marriner was born in Lincoln, England, and studied at the Royal College of Music and the Paris Conservatoire. He played the violin in the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Martin String Quartet and London Symphony Orchestra, playing with the last two for 13 years. He later formed the Jacobean Ensemble with Thurston Dart before going to Hancock, Maine, in the United States to study conducting with Pierre Monteux at his school there. In 1958, he founded the Academy of St Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra and recorded copiously with them. Marriner was the first music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, from 1969 to 1978. From 1979 to 1986, he was music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. He was principal conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1989. Marriner recorded for various labels, including Argo, L'Oiseau Lyre, Philips and EMI Classics. His recorded repertoire ranges from the baroque erato 20th century British music, as well as opera. Among his recordings are two CDs of British music for Philips Classics with Julian Lloyd Webber, including acclaimed performances of Benjamin Britten's Cello Symphony and Sir William Walton's Cello Concerto. Marriner also supervised the Mozart selections for the soundtrack of the 1984 film Amadeus. He was chairman of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra until 1992, when he was succeeded by Malcolm Latchem. Marriner held the title of Life President. He was the father of the clarinettist Andrew Marriner, principal clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • 06-11-2016 Zoltán Kocsis died (1952). He was a Hungarian virtuoso pianist, conductor, and composer. Born in Budapest, he began his musical studies at the age of five and continued them at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in 1963, studying piano and composition. In 1968 he was admitted to the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, where he was a pupil of Pál Kadosa, Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág, graduating in 1973. He won the Hungarian Radio Beethoven Competition in 1970, and made his first concert tour of the United States in the following year. He received the Liszt Prize in 1973, and the Kossuth Prize in 1978. Considered as a great pianist, Kocsis performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Philharmonia of London, and the Vienna Philharmonic. He recorded the complete solo piano works and works with piano and orchestra of Béla Bartók. In 1990, his recording of Debussy's Images won "The Gramophone" Instrumental Award for that year. He won another in 2013 in the chamber category with Bartók works. American critic Harold C. Schonberg praised Kocsis' technique and piano tone. Kocsis co-founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983. He was the musical director of the Hungarian National Philharmonic. Kocsis died aged 64 in his native Budapest.
  • 10-11-2016: 10-11-2016: The Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden (1960), who has been announced as new music director of the New York Philharmonic effective 2018, will be heading the Gstaad Conducting Academy and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra in Gstaad as of 2017.By engaging the star conductor Jaap van Zweden, Gstaad Menuhin Festival raises its latest projects – Gstaad Conducting Academy, which is unique in Europe – to another level.  Since the unmatched top education project for junior conductors was launched in 2014 with conductor Neeme Järvi, it has taken place three times. 55-year-old van Zweden will head the Conducting Academy and conduct 2 to 3 programs a year with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra.  Performances at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival have already been scheduled for August 2017.  At the same time, he will head, together with guest professors, the public workshops for the conducting students that take place within the scope of Gstaad Academy. 
  • 21-11-2016: Bernard Haitink gets the Dutch Classical Edison Oeuvre Award 2016 next week.
  • 29-11-2016: London: Auction Manuscript Symphony No. 2. Sold for 4,546,250 GBP, 5,360,043 EUR, 5.600.000 USD. The winning bidder chose to remain anonymous. Sotheby's.
  • 26-10-2016 Zubin Metha (Aged 80), chief conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), announces that he will retire in October 2019. He started there in 1977. The India-born conductor also led the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO/NPO).

Year 2017 (+106).

  • 04-01-2017 Georges Prêtre died (1924). French orchestral and opera conductor. Aged 92.
  • 11-01-2017 Hamburg: Opening Elbphilharmonie. Ludwig van Beethoven - Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus.
  • 27-01-2017 Lonay (Switzerland):  Henry-Louis de La Grange (1924-2017) died. Aged 92.
  • 09-02-2017 Vancouver (Canada): Otto Tausk (1970) appointed Music Director at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO).
  • 31-05-2017 Prague: Jiří Bělohlávek (1946-2017) died. Jiří Bělohlávek CBE was a Czech conductor. He was a leading interpreter of Czech classical music, and became chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 1990, a role he would serve on two different occasions during a combined span of seven years (1990-1992, 2012-2017). He also served a six-year tenure as the chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2012. He gained international renown and repute for his performances of the works of Czech composers such as Antonín Dvořák and Bohuslav Martinů, and was credited as "the most profound proponent of Czech orchestral music" by Czech music specialist Professor Michael Beckerman.
  • 02-06-2017 Bergamo: Jeffrey Take (1943-2017) died. Sir Jeffrey Philip Tate CBE was born in Salisbury, England, with spina bifida, and also had kyphosis. His family moved to Farnham, Surrey, when he was young and he attended Farnham Grammar School between 1954 and 1961, gaining a State Scholarship to Cambridge University, where he directed theatre productions. Tate initially read medicine at Christ's College, Cambridge (1961–64), specializing in eye surgery.He later worked at St Thomas's Hospital, London, before giving up his clinical career to study music at the London Opera Centre. He became a repetiteur and a coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, under the tutelage of Sir Georg Solti. Tate's international conducting début was with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1979. In 1985, he was appointed the first principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra, and in September 1986 became principal conductor of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the first person in the House's history to have that title. He was principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra from 1991 to 1995, and in 2005 was appointed music director of the San Carlo Theatre of Naples, remaining in the post until 2010.

Year 2020 (+109). Gustav Mahler died 109 years ago.

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