Nisan Ak

Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music

First Advisor

David Garner


This document will explore the relationship between performance practices of Bruno Walter’s and Leonard Bernstein’s interpretations of Das Lied von der Erde. Bruno Walter was a student and assistant of Gustav Mahler. The composer never heard his unnumbered symphony played by an orchestra. Walter gave the first performance of the piece and made the first recording. This author considers Leonard Bernstein to be Walter's interpretational successor of Das Lied von der Erde. Throughout the document, the author will explore the relationship between the three musicians through the analysis of Das Lied and a detailed exploration of interpretations of Walter and Bernstein.

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