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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.” Beethoven
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”

“A Titan, wrestling with the gods”, was how Richard Wagner aptly described Beethoven and his music. 

Symphony No. 4 bears the unmistakable stylistic fingerprint of the bold composer: strength, spirited manipulations of harmony and key, and structure shaped by innovation and ingenuity.

The 4th is notable  as a work from Beethoven’s middle-period, a period wherein he produced some of his most beloved works, including “Appassionata” Sonata for Piano, the 4th Piano Concerto and the Violin Concerto.  The 4th Symphony exudes a cheerful nature, powerfully propelled through each measure with the sweeping and dramatic momentum for which Beethoven is renowned.

“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.” – Beethoven

Beethoven is also to many, the definition of the Romantic composer. The five movements of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” represented to him a clearer picture of the countryside than even a painting could convey. Close your eyes and let the sounds summon the magnificent scene described by Beethoven: arrive in the countryside, hear the birds sing as you venture to the brook and enjoy a merry gathering of people. Brace for the thunderstorm to then bask in the divine beauty of the calm that follows.

Learn more in the program notes ›

Duration

Performance is approximately 2 hours including intermission.


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