A Vast Landscape


Throughout his life, Mahler returned to the natural environment for inspiration.
“My music is always the voice of nature sounding in tone…”
  • The opening of Mahler's Ninth symphony is not a literal depiction of a landscape, but conveys a gradual awareness of what MTT calls "a vast musical landscape," developed leisurely.

  • After a long journey, the movement ends as it began: softly, with wispy gestures. Every melody evaporates into the enveloping harmony.