“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
- Beethoven Symphony No. 6, “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.