Wien, Leipzig: Universal Edition [U.E. 5069], [September 1913].
Folio. Original publisher's light green wrappers printed in darker green.  (title), 2-8 pp. With publisher's catalogue "Gustav Mahlers Werke in der Universal-Edition I. Symphonien und Chorwerke mit Orchester ... II. Lieder für eine Singstimme mit Orchesterbegleitung" to verso of lower wrapper dated "IX. 1913 [September 1913].
With the autograph signature of the Italian composer, pianist, and conductor Alfredo Casella (1883-1947) dated 1913 to upper outer corner of title and his autograph fingerings.
Wrappers somewhat worn and soiled; "476" in blue pencil to upper margin of upper.
First Edition. Rufer p. 38. Ringer p. 313. Tetsuo Satoh pp. 11-14.
Composed at the same time that Schoenberg was orchestrating his Gurre-Lieder, the first five of these pieces for solo piano were written on a single day, February 19, 1911; the composer wrote a sixth piece on June 17th, approximately one month after Mahler's death.
"While he maintained a lifelong love of Romantic music, the extreme contrast between his Klavierstücke and his more romantic works comes from his modernist desire to find a new means of expression. For him, works like the Gurre-Lieder or Verklärte Nacht fulfilled the tradition he loved, but it was works like these Klavierstücke, or the Fünf Orchesterstücke that attempted to reach beyond it." Wikipedia.
"The most influentially innovative figure in Italian music between the two world wars ... [Casella] developed immense enthusiasm not only for the music of Debussy but also for that of the Russian nationalists, Strauss, Mahler and in due course Bartók, Schoenberg and Stravinsky." John C.G. Waterhouse and Virgilio Bernardoni in Grove Music Online.
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