Throughout this epoch of his life, Mahler continued to draw on the quality of the Ländler. A tender, nearly heartbreaking example occurs in his song “Where the Lovely Trumpets Blow” (Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen), when the soon-to-be soldier comforts his lady-love: “Oh, don’t cry, my love. In a year, you’ll be my own.”
Wanderer: Folk & Folkways
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.”
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Mahler based the Scherzos of his First and most of his later symphonies on the Ländler, a rustic peasant waltz often accompanied by heavy stamping.