Ludwig Van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" in F major, op. 68

I. Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside
II. Scene by the brook
III. Merry gathering of country folk
IV. Thunder, Storm
V. Shepherd's song - Cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm

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‘No one can love the country as much as I do. For surely woods, trees, and rocks produce the echo which man desires to hear,’ declared Beethoven in a letter from 1810. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, nicknamed ‘Pastoral’, is about the power and beauty of nature.

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Altough Beethoven was ambivalent about ‘program music, concerning the Sixth Symphony—the Sinfonia pastorale: Recollection of Country Life—Beethoven’s own titles and programmatic indications were an integral part of the work’s genesis. They were publically declared at the premiere as well as in the published score. Beethoven said the Pastoral was ‘more expression of feeling than painting.’ This important statement was not some passing comment, but rather a defining principle of the work.

What makes this piece so special is that it is and remains a relief from everyday life, an expedition and escape into the countryside or the woods.

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