Mahler’s Terrifying Rondo-Burleske

This movement from Mahler’s Ninth Symphony is genuinely scary. It suggests nationalistic hubris, bureaucracy run amok, an insanely complicated apparatus spinning wildly out of control. Play it while you read the morning news.

Music by Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (1909): 3. Rondo-Burleske
Performed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, directed by Bernard Haitink
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde / Symphony No. 9

Painting by Hendrick van Cleef (1525 – 1589): The Building of the Tower of Babel

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