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Mahler and Bernstein in the Library of Congress Collections [DRAFT]

handwritten Young People's Concerts Scripts: Who is Gustav Mahler?

Bernstein, Leonard. Young People's Concert Scripts: Who is Gustav Mahler? pencil on yellow legal pad paper 1st 12 pages, then pencil on white 6" x 9" for last three, emendations blue & r. Manuscript/Mixed Material. From the Leonard Bernstein Collection. This image is included on the basis of fair use.


This lesson was used in a graduate-level seminar that centers on the music of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (1860–1911). It uses his music as a starting point for exploring significant questions in music research that relate to students’ individual interests. 

Learning Objectives

  • To locate and identify primary sources in Library of Congress digital collections that relate to Mahler’s music and its contexts
  • To observe unusual or unexpected details in related primary sources, and use those as starting points to ask larger questions about music history

About this Lesson Plan


Musicology/Music History

Time Needed

1 class period (75 minutes)

Original Course

MUS 596B (The Music of Gustav Mahler)

Lesson Plan Created By

Dr. Matt Mugmon, Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona