The Society is founded in 1955 at the suggestion of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO).

List of members present 11-11-1955:

International Gustav Mahler Society Vienna. Mrs. Alban Berg (1885-1935), Mrs. Ernst Krenek (1900-1991), Mrs. Egon Wellesz (1885-1974).

Principal goals:

  • Creating a library and archives as a basis for the Critical Edition of the Complete Works similar to the Beethoven-House in Bonn.
  • Continuing work on the Critical Edition.
  • Restoration and opening to the public of the memorial sites.
  • Popularizing the still little-known composer in concerts and publications.

The archives and library of the International Gustav Mahler Society are among the world's most important collections of material dealing with the life, works and legacy of Gustav Mahler. In addition to the most important publications about Mahler and his time the library contains conference reports, academic papers and a unique collection of articles from periodicals and newspapers.

Essential elements of the archives are letters from, to and about Mahler, programs, posters, autographs and scores, caricatures, mementos, photos and other graphic materials, and audio and video media. The archives include important sources such as the Stichvorlagen of the Sixth and Ninth Symphonies and the Kindertotenlieder, proofs of the scores of the Second, Third, Fourth and Sixth Symphonies, and orchestra parts containing Mahler's annotations.

The library and the newspaper collection can be perused on this website; the archives can only be visited on the Society premises. Items from the collections cannot be loaned out.

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