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First Advisor

Tyler Goodrich White

Second Advisor

Carolyn Barber

Third Advisor

Karen Becker

Date of this Version



Nederhiser, Rebecca. “Old Wine, New Bottles:" The Impact of Schoenberg's Verein on the Arrangement Practice of Mahler's Symphony No. 4 (Movement I). DMA Doc. Lincoln: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2021.


A DOCTORAL DOCUMENT Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, Major: Music (Orchestral Conducting), Under the Supervision of Professor Tyler White. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2021

Copyright © 2021 Rebecca N. Nederhiser


The purpose of this document is to provide historical and cultural context to the chamber arrangements formed in Arnold Schoenberg’s (1874-1951) Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen (Society for Private Musical Performances) and their impact on the orchestration practice of modern-day arrangers Iain Farrington and Peter Stangel. Using Gustav Mahler’s (1860-1911) Symphony No. 4 for comparison, the researcher will evaluate a reconstructed version of the work by Society member Erwin Stein, alongside two 21st century arrangements by Iain Farrington and Peter Stangel, who took creative inspiration from the Verein. From these versions, orchestration choices by each arranger will be compared and studied, analyzing their effectiveness in conveying Mahler’s original conception. This study will also reveal how artistic choices and patterns can be garnered from the study of three different arrangers.

Advisor: Tyler G. White

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