The Last Rondo


The many folk traditions Mahler encountered gave him a rich source of songs, dances, and legends.
“The Bohemian music of my childhood home has found its way into many of my compositions.”
VIDEO:MTT on the Rondo-burleske
  • The Rondo-burleske of Mahler's Ninth Symphony includes bits from Strauss operettas, including this "pizzicato polka".

As a conductor in Vienna, Mahler was well acquainted with the music of the Waltz King, and, while he denied that waltzes were art on a high level, he appreciated them: "I certainly don't hold a low opinion of the waltzes: I accept them for what they are, in all their uniqueness and delightful inventiveness."