Music M401
History and Literature of Music I

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music


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This sample prospectus and bibliography illustrates the format and the kind of content expected in the Prospectus and Bibliography in Assignment 2. Your topic, of course, will address music before 1800. Thanks to former Indiana University Associate Instructor John F. Anderies for drafting the prospectus from which this has been adapted.



(STUDENT NAME)
Music M401
(AI NAME)
September 28, 2017
Prospectus and Bibliography


Topic:

Foreshadowing in Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Sixth Symphony


Proposal:

Gustav Mahler believed that his compositions anticipated fate, and that 

what he created in music, his life would bring about afterwards.  In two

of his works completed in 1904--the Sixth Symphony and his song cycle,

Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children)--Mahler seems to

have predicted events in his life to come: in the summer of 1907, Mahler
 
was forced to resign from his position at the Vienna Opera, his youngest
 
daughter died, and he was diagnosed with a terminal heart condition.  In
 
Kindertotenlieder, it is mainly the morbid texts that seem to hint

at the death of Mahler's daughter.  In the Sixth Symphony, primary and 

secondary musical themes portray Gustav and Alma Mahler, respectively.

Likewise, the orchestration of the three anvil strikes in the Finale

corresponds to the three tragic events of 1907, ultimately spelling the
 
death of the symphonic hero, Mahler himself.  Mahler and his wife both
 
believed these works to have been prophetic, stating such in memoirs
 
throughout their lives.  This paper will demonstrate the parallels

both Alma and Gustav Mahler drew in their memoirs and other writings

between these two musical works and later tragic events, and show that

they considered these two works to be not merely autobiographical, but

particularly prophetic.

      One of the questions I hope to raise through this study is what 

such beliefs can tell us about the music itself.  Should later events

change our understanding of and response to a piece of music, in the same 

way that knowledge of a pre-existing program or of earlier events in the 

composer's life may do?  Or should we resist imposing such meanings 

retrospectively, even if the composer did so himself?


Preliminary Bibliography

Bass, Edward. "Counterpoint and Medium in Mahler's Kindertotenlieder."
	Music Review 50 (1989): 206-14.

Birchler, David Carl. "Nature and Autobiography in the Music of Gustav
	Mahler." Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991.

Blaukopf, Herta, ed. Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss: Correspondence
	1888-1911. Translated by Edmund Jephcott. London: Faber and
	Faber, 1984.

Blaukopf, Kurt. Gustav Mahler. Translated by Inge Goodwin. New York:
	Limelight Editions, 1985.

Del Mar, Norman. Mahler's Sixth Symphony: A Study. London: Eulen Books,
	1980.

Kennedy, Michael. Mahler. The Master Musicians Series. London: J. M.
	Dent and Sons, 1974.

Kravitt, Edward. "Mahler's Dirges for His Death: February 24, 1907."
	Musical Quarterly 64 (1978): 328-53.

La Grange, Henri-Louis de. Mahler. New York: Doubleday, 1973.

Lewis, Christopher. "La chronologie des Kindertotenlieder." Revue Mahler
	1 (1987): 21-45.

Mahler, Alma. And the Bridge is Love. London: Hutchinson, 1958.

________. Gustav Mahler: Memoirs and Letters. Translated by Basil
	Creighton. New York: Viking Press, 1946.

________. Forward to Selected Letters of Gustav Mahler, edited by Knud
	Martner. New York: Faber and Faber, 1979.

Mahler, Gustav. Symphony VI: A Minor. Foreword by Hans Ferdinand Redlich. 
	New York: Edition Eulenberg, 1968.

Mitchell, Donald. Gustav Mahler: Songs and Symphonies of Life and Death.
	Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1985.

Rabinowitz, Peter J. "Pleasure is Conflict: Mahler's Sixth, Tragedy, and
	Musical Form." Comparative Literature Studies 18 (1981): 306-13.

Specht, Richard. Introduction to Kindertotenlieder, by Gustav Mahler. London:
	Philharmonia, n.d.

Research Project | M401 Home

How to Write a Music History Paper
Some Suggested Subject Areas
M401: Music History Research Guide
Building a Bibliography | More Help with Research
Sample Prospectus and Bibliography | Music Citation—Chicago/Turabian Style
Research Project Style Sheet


Last updated: 7 August 2017
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The prospectus and bibliography were drafted by John F. Anderies and revised by J. Peter Burkholder.

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