A Cartoon of Mahler



Symphony No. 2

Orchestral draft, movement 3 – OD3


US-NYpm 115207 (Robert Owen Lehman Deposit)


Fascicle structure




My thanks to the late Rigby Turner for his help in preparing this description.


See US-NYpm 115207


Barrell is identified in the online US-NYpm catalogue but it fails to locate him unambiguously in the provenance history






  [1r, pencil:] 2. Satz [sic]


  [At end, ink: ] Steinbach / Sontag 16. Juli 93 [the '6' overwrites an earlier numeral] / [pencil:] 8. Minuten


  Ink, with ruled pencil barlines, revisions in pencil and brown ink


  18 staves, no maker's mark, upright format, watermark not recorded, 325–330 x 252 (r = 276)¹

Manuscript structure and collation


12 stacked bifolia, with autograph numbering 1–11a, 11b. For details of make-up and collation, use the link in the left-hand column.



Ex coll. Arnold Rosé; sold by Seidelsche Sortiments-Buchhandlung / O.E. Deutsch and Co., on 23 November 1923 (see NAMR 4 (Feb. 1979), 14);² sold at Sotheby's 21/22 May 1987, lot 440; ex coll. Stephen Barrell.³



Sotheby's catalogue: front cover (colour) = [15r]; rear cover (colour) and p. 182 (b&w) = [19v]; p. 184 (b&w) = [20v]

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  Sotheby's Catalogue, 21/22 May 1987; SWIIb II, 116: PE-3



Natalie Bauer-Lechner records Mahler's work on the movement while at Steinbach am Attersee in July-August 1893 (NBL2, 25; NBLE, p. 29):

„Sind das zwei wunderschöne Themen, die ich heute aus der Skizze zum Andante meiner Zweiten Symphonie aufgegriffen habe, das ich ebenso wie das Scherzo mit Gottes Hilfe hier zu vollenden hoffe"... Mahler hatte sein Andante in sieben Tagen vollendet....

'Here are two marvellous themes' said Mahler 'that I picked up today from the sketch for the Andante of my Second Symphony. With God's help, I hope to finish both it and the Scherzo while I'm here'....Mahler finished his Andante in seven days....

The orchestral draft of the Scherzo was completed on 16 July 1893 and that of the Andante (OD2) on 30 July 1893.

The use of upright-format paper for an orchestral draft is unusual, but it is notable that Mahler adopted it for OD2 and the orchestral draft of the original solo song version of Urlicht, which were also completed in the summer of 1893. Perhaps that year Mahler was without a supply of oblong paper at Steinbach.

There appear to be at least two layers of revision: pencil and ink, in that order (see 15r, where a pencil revision is clearly deleted in brown ink). The instrumentation on 1r calls for 3 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl (B), 2 bsn (but 3 are used), 4 hn (F), 4 tpt, 3 trb, tuba, percussion, timp, (reference to strings omitted).

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