BSO: Pastoral Beethoven

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Thursday, 6 February 2020
University of Exeter Great Hall

The main musical manifestation of Beethoven’s love of nature is his Sixth Symphony. It is his most direct symphonic example of programme music. The leisurely opening Awakening of Cheerful Feeling upon Arriving in the Country is followed by a Scene by the Brook which unfolds with aptly flowing grace, accompanied by the birdsong of a nightingale, quail and cuckoo. The Merry Assembly of Country Folk have their dancing interrupted by a violent thunderstorm, but soon the opening mood of serenity is restored by the final, uplifting Shepherds’ Song of Thanksgiving.