Based on poems by Rückert, Mahler’s song cycle Kindertotenlieder (1901-1904) underscores the frighteningly high infant mortality rates during the early 20th century. They have fallen dramatically over the past century but are still high in Rochester. To highlight this and child poverty rates, Table Top Opera presents a new version of Kindertotenlieder performed by members of the Eastman School of Music, accompanied by historical photographs and pictures of children who have succumbed to lack of proper care in Rochester today.

 

Credits

Performers

Griffin Campbell, alto saxophone
Federico Agostini, violin
Matthew Brown, computers
Albert Kim, piano
Brendan Lanighan, trombone
Dariusz Terefenko, keyboards
James VanDemark, double-bass
Christopher Winders, computers

Th. Emil Homerin and Matthew Brown, Producers
Christopher Winders, Th. Emil Homerin, and Matthew Brown, Directors

Score preparation and motion graphics by Christopher Winders

Translations by Th. Emil Homerin

Script by Matthew Brown

Produced at Table Top Studios

Funding

University Cluster in Interdisciplinary Studies in Film and Music, University of Rochester
Department of Religion & Classics, University of Rochester

Individuals

Lisa Hostetler, Curator-in-Charge, Department of Photography, George Eastman House
Heather Shannon, Assistant Photography Curator, George Eastman House
Concert Office, Eastman School of Music, Keith Elder, Greg Machin, Reagan McNameeKing
Valerie Alhart, University of Rochester, Communications Office
Helene Snihur, Eastman School of Music, Communications Office
Reinhild Steingrover
Dan Mason

Music Credits

Opening Titles

Christopher Winders based on Mahler, Kindertotenlieder, Schoenberg, Op. 19, no. 6

Interlude 1

Mahler, 1st Symphony

Interlude 2

Mahler, 5th Symphony

Interlude 3

Mahler, 6th Symphony, Monk, ‘Round Midnight

Interlude 4

Wagner, “Prelude” Act 3, Tristan und Isolde

Final Credits

Ella Fitzgerald, ‘Round Midnight. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!  
(CD: Verve/Polygram B00000477N, 1989)

Photo Credits

Opening Titles

John Thomas Grant, Final Thoughts. Eternal Beauty in Stone (Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2011), 92.

Frank A. Gillespie and Richard O. Reisem, Mount Hope. America’s First Municipal Victorian Cemetery 
(Rochester: Landmark Society of Western New York, 1994), 99.

Mahler with his daughter Maria at the Wörthersee (1906)
Gustav Mahler, Letters to his Wife, ed. Henry-Louis de la Grange and Günther
Wiess with Knud Martner (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004), Plate 23.

Paolo Pellegrin, 100 Photos de Paolo Pellegrin pour la liberté de la presse 
(Paris: Reporters sans Frontières, 2013).

Songs

Color washes inspired by Robert Weingarten, 6:30 AM (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2005).

Interlude 1

John Thomas Grant, Final Thoughts. Eternal Beauty in Stone (Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2011), 134.

Unidentified photographer, Baby laid out with posies of flowers (ca.1865)
Ambrotype with applied color Image: 8.6 x 6.4 cm (1/4 plate); case: 11.8 x 9.3 x 1.8 cm
George Eastman House, purchased with funds from Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; ex-collection of Walter A. Johnson
Public domain 2010.1301.0034

Theodore Teeple (American, 1835–1913). Deceased girl laid out with flowers at her breast (ca. 1890)
Collodion silver print Image: 10.2 x 14.9 cm; mount: 10.6 x 16.3 cm
George Eastman House, purchased with funds from Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; ex-collection of Walter A. Johnson
Public domain 2010.1303.0023.

W. J. Cochran (American, active 1896–1899). Deceased boy laid out with blankets drawn high, eyes open (ca. 1899)
Collodion silver print Image: 14 x 9.9 cm; mount: 16.4 x 10.7 cm
George Eastman House, purchased with funds from Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; ex-collection of Walter A. Johnson
Public domain 2010.1303.0040.

Unidentified photographer, Woman seated in profile at table, two spirit images in background (ca. 1865)
Tintype with applied color Image/overall: 10.2 x 7.2 cm (4 x 2 13/16 in.)
George Eastman House, gift of Donald K. Weber 2011.0378.0001.

David Robinson, Beautiful Death. Art of the Cemetery (New York: Penguin, 1996), Prague Jewish Cemetery.

Mahler’s parents grave (Online acquisition)
 http://www.mahler.cz/upload/stranky/users/petrujova/Image/Zidovsky_hrbitov.jpg

Mahler’s Death Mask (Online acquisition)
 http://www.tias.com/stores/pretiosus/pictures/021a.jpg.

Headstones in Jewish Cemetery in Jihlava (Online acquisition)
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Židovský_hřbitov_v_Jihlavě_10.JPG

Interlude 2

Unidentified photographer, From Court St. bridge (ca. 1924)
Gelatin silver print Overall: 9.3 x 30.2 cm (3 11/16 x 11 7/8 in.)
George Eastman House, gift of Mrs. Theodore B. Steinhausen 2003.0036.0002.

Unidentified photographer, George W. Goler, M.D.
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 
http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-e66e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

George W. Goler, “Health in Rochester 1834-1911,” Rochester Public Library, 
Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County Historic Monographs Collection.

Unidentified photographer, One of Rochester’s Schools in Cleanliness
William H. Allen, Civic and Health (Boston: Athanæum Press, 1909). 
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/21353/21353-h/21353-h.htm#CHAPTER_XXV

Hemlock Lake Cottages 1883 (Online acquisition)
http://www.wemett.net/pics/hemlock_lake_map.jpg

Unidentified photographer, Charlotte Infant Summer Hospital
Albert R. Stone Negative Collection, Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester, NY. 
http://www.rochestergeneral.org/about-us/rochester-general-hospital/about-us/rochester-medical-museum-and-archives/
online-exhibits/the-history-of-our-area-hospitals/rochesters-early-hospitals/

George W. Goler, “Health in Rochester 1834-1911,” Rochester Public Library,
Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County Historic Monographs Collection.

Interlude 3

Ernest and Luise (Online acquisition)
http://www.wikiwand.com/de/Kindertodtenlieder
http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/gutenb/rueckert/kindtodt/bilder/kindtod1.jpg

Mahler’s Hut (Online acquisition)
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/11/Mahlers_Komponierhäuschen.jpg

Gustav Mahler (1905)
Gustav Mahler, Letters to his Wife, ed. Henry-Louis de la Grange and Günther Wiess with Knud Martner
(Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004), Plate 26.

Opening notes to 5th Symphony as an autograph to a friend (1905)
“Liner Notes,” Mahler Plays Mahler (New York: The Kaplan Foundation 1993), 25.

Mahler’s Death Mask (Online acquisition)
http://www.sothebys.com/content/dam/stb/lots/L12/L12406/403L12406_6M99J.jpg

Arnold Schoenberg, The Burial of Gustav Mahler, oil on canvas (1911, Online acquisition)
http://www.schoenberg.at/resources/pages/view.php?
ref=8916&search=&order_by=relevance&sort=DESC&offset=96&archive=0&k=&curpos=140

Arnold Schoenberg, Autograph of Sechs kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19, no. 6 (Online acquisition)
http://www.schoenberg.at/compositions/manuskripte.php?
werke_id=191&id_quelle=516&id_gatt=&id_untergatt=&herkunft=allewerke

Interlude 4

Photos of recent graves in Mount Hope Cemetery by Th. Emil Homerin.

Paolo Pellegrin, 100 Photos de Paolo Pellegrin pour la liberté de la presse
(Paris: Reporters sans Frontières, 2013).

Epilog

Bert Hardy, Leap-Frog (1948)
Getty Images (US) Inc., Picture Post Collection, 2639130. 

Poster

S. A. Summit, dustjacket, Alma Mahler, Gustav Mahler: Memories and Letters
ed. Donald Mitchell (N.Y.: Viking, 1969).