Fonds AFC 382 - Gustav Mahler-Alfred Rosé Collection

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Gustav Mahler-Alfred Rosé Collection

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  • Textual record
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CA ON00353 AFC 382

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  • [1780], [18-?-1996] (Creation)
    Mahler Rosé Families

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2.74 m of textual records, 143 volumes of textual records, 597 photographs : 5 col. photos ; ca. 545 b&w photos ; 38 negatives ; 7 glass negatives ; 2 large frames, 3 photo wallets, 5 albums, 1 photo case , 1 scrapbook , 23 reel-to-reel tapes, 9 audio cassette tapes, 2 VHS tapes, 1 mini-reel, 20 graphic materials : 1 colored lithograph ; 2 silhouettes ; 6 pencil sketches ; 7 etchings ; 2 architectural drawings, 12 conducting batons, 2 four-leaf clovers, 1 dried Edelweiss, 1 dried starfish, 4 locks of hair, 2 leather cases, 1 souvenir box, 1 silk program, 2 cookbooks, 1 guestbook, 1 recipe book, 1 diary, 1 plate, 1 silver spoon, 2 silver goblets, 1 silver tray, 1 graduation hood, 1 antiphone/ear plugs, 4 stamps, 4 coins, 3 medallions, 2 pill boxes, 1 cigarette cutter, 1 miniature display stand, 1 telescoping vest-pencil, 1 Russian ruble

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The Mahler family includes the children of Bernard and Marie Mahler, their spouses, and their children. The children of Bernard and Marie include: Isidor, Gustav, Ernst, Leopoldine, Karl, Rudolf, Alois (Louis), Justine (Ernestine), Arnold, Friedrich (Fritz), Alfred, Emma Marie Eleanor, and Konrad Mahler. Most notably, Gustav Mahler, was the eldest surviving Mahler sibling and was also a famed conductor and composer in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Rosé family includes the children of Herman and Maria Rosé, their spouses, and their children. The children of Herman and Maria include: Alexander, Eduard, Arnold Josef, and Berthold Rosé. Both Alexander and Arnold were members of the well-known 19th and 20th century musical ensemble, The Rosé Quartet.

Several relationships and marriages connected these families. Gustav Mahler and Arnold Rosé were musical contemporaries and friends. In 1898, Emma Marie Eleanor Mahler married Eduard Rosé. And in 1902, Justine Mahler married Arnold Josef Rosé. As a result of Justine and Arnold's union, they had two children. Their eldest child was named Alfred Rosé. Alfred Rosé established himself as a musician, musical therapist, professor, and composer. He eventually immigrated to London, Ontario in 1948. The connections between the Mahler and Rosé families resulted in the records, files, letters, photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts that make up The Gustav Mahler Alfred Rosé Collection.

For more information on The Gustav Mahler-Alfred Rosé Collection see "The Gustav Mahler-Alfred Rosé Collection: An Inventory" and "The Mahler Family Letters" by Stephen McClatchie.

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This collection consists of extensive personal correspondence, concert documents, scores, manuscripts, recognition, primary publications, secondary publications, university papers, photographs, recordings, memorabilia and artifacts mainly relating to the private and professional lives of Gustav Mahler, Alfred Rosé, Arnold Rosé, Alma Rosé, Bruno Walter, Justine Rosé, and Maria Rosé. Other material relating to Alma Mahler-Werfel, Marie Mahler, Otto Mahler, Maria Rosé, Albine Adler, Dorothy Beswick Hetherington, Lorraine Busby, Jacob Dont, Martha Freud, R.A. Loederer, Nora Nathan, Richard Newman, Richard Strauss, and Arturo Toscanini are included. Also included are materials in the collection whose connection is unclear

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The collection has been arranged into the following sous-fonds:

  1. Gustav Mahler
  2. Alfred Rosé
  3. Arnold Rosé
  4. Alma Rosé
  5. Bruno Walter
  6. Justine Mahler Rosé
  7. Maria Rosé
  8. Other individuals

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  • Czech
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Slovak

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Materials are primarily in German and English; other languages include Czech, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, and Slovak

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Access and reproduction of fragile materials may be restricted. Some of the files and recordings in this fonds are still subject to Canadian copyright law.

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