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.
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The prospectus and bibliography were drafted by John F. Anderies and revised by J. Peter Burkholder.
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