What the flowers in the meadow tell me. What the creatures in the forest tell me. What the night tells me (Mankind). What the morning bells tell me (The Angels). What love tells me.
Mahler himself was always suspicious of the effect extra-musical programs had on the listener, using them for inspiration at the outset of a work but leaving them behind once it was finished, to avoid any confusion and to let his music speak for itself.
The fifth movement uses the same rocking device, this time in the children's chorus, which imitates the pealing of bells bimm, bamm over the orchestra and the women's chorus. This musical repetition underlines the philosophical bond that ties movements four and five together.
Such an argument could explain why he felt he could dispense with "Das himmlische Leben but it would also fly in the face of his early drafts of a program, which described this movement as "What love tells me a designation open to interpretation and one that may or may not have anything to do with heaven. 1 Composition; 2 Structure; 3 Instrumentation; 4 Fourth movement text; 5. Premieres; 6 Notes. Das himmlische Leben; (aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn). Mahler calls for a long pause after the exhausting (both to play and to listen to) first movement. The second movement minuet opens beguilingly, with a delicate melody designated for the oboe that is, in Mahler's words, treated to "ever-richer variation." In the course of these variations, brief moments of frantic activity break out, but these are always eventually subsumed. NEC music history chair Katarina Markovic writes on Mahler s song cycle Des. Knaben Wunderhorn, which exists as an independent work but also suffuses many. This collection of 10 songs is the culmination of Mahler s many settings from Das. Knaben Wunderhorn (The Young Boy s Magic Horn a collection of German).