This radical work invokes not only a spine-tingling journey through the Viennese countryside, but also the expression of life-enhancing joy. Celebrate spring with Beethoven's deep love of nature and experience the sights and sounds of his reality with your ESO.
It was to the countryside that Beethoven would always turn to find solace, quietude, serenity,and replenishment for his spirit. His friend Therese von Brunsvikonce said, “He loved to be alone with Nature, to make her his only confidante.”
The roots of the “Pastorale”Symphonygo back many years before its infamous first performance, in a cold concert hall in Vienna, near Christmas in 1808. Sketches for music that would find its way into the second movement appear in notebooks from 1803, and even then, Beethoven had a scene by a brook in mind, sketching the words, “The larger the stream the deeper the note” next to his musical musings. But Beethoven did not intend his work to be pictorial, or so programmatic that it was little more than musical illustation. While he did append the nickname to the work, it was important that the work was, “more an expression of feelings than tone painting,” as he wrote on the work’s title page.
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- BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 "Pastorale"