I helped make a short film for Sotheby’s about the forthcoming sale of the Mahler Second Symphony manuscript.
Sotheby’s say: No autograph of a complete symphony by Mahler has come for sale at auction for nearly 60 years. Indeed, since Sotheby’s sold Mahler’s first symphony in 1959 no autograph of a complete symphony by any of the great late Romantic composers -Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bruckner or Mahler – has been sold at auction.
Symphonically speaking, this is the sale of the century.
The sale takes place on November 29. You can watch the film below.
(In the film, I appear to say that Gil Kaplan conducted the symphony 160 times. It was actually 116.)