Freedman Fellows presentations continue Jan. 18 with music’s Stephen Hefling

The Freedman Fellows Presentation Series will continue Friday, Jan. 18, with “Continuation of The Reilly Digital Catalogue of Mahler’s Musical Manuscripts,” featuring Freedman Fellow and music professor Stephen Hefling. Hefling is widely regarded as America’s leading specialist on the composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911).

In 2006, Hefling was the recipient of an important catalogue of Mahler’s manuscripts. This extensive and detailed catalogue was the result of a lifetime of work by another scholar, Edward R. Reilly. Despite Mahler’s significance as a composer, no such catalogue, print or online, exists.

Join Hefling as he presents an overview of Mahler’s working methods, which are fully documented in this online, searchable database. He also will give insight to future possibilities through a quick electronic visit to the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna.

Co-presenter Stephen Toombs, research services librarian for the performing arts and classics, will describe how library staff assisted Hefling in translating Reilly’s catalogue raisonné of Mahler’s manuscripts into an Oracle database, which will become the foundation of a searchable online catalogue.

This presentation, held Jan. 18 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Clark Hall 206, is free to attend. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

The Freedman Fellows Program is a partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and Kelvin Smith Library. The program aims to identify and support scholarly research of faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Awards are granted to faculty to sustain projects that are currently active, hold scholarly or instructional value, integrate the use of digital tools, and have clear project outcomes in support of digital scholarship.

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