So in the market-place there reigns perpetual excitement, a nameless hubbub, made up of the cries of mixed-breed porters and carriers, the beating of drums, and the twanging of horns, the neighing of mules, the braying of donkeys, the singing of women, the squalling of children, and the banging of the huge rattan, wielded by the jemadar or leader of the caravans, who beats time to this pastoral symphony
No flashy showpiece, this (though there were some brilliant solos, not least from lead violinist Ruth Rogers), but more of an appropriately Cotswolds pastoral symphony
. The 25-minute piece is well-built and surely-structured, with at its heart a wonderful wind evocation of birdsong over long-held strings.
Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
also has bird calls in the slow movement and Pauline Roe's arrangement uses the well-known song The Lark in the Clear Air.
2 ("A Pastoral Symphony
"); Alexander Goehr's Pastorals', Richard Rodney Bennett's London Pastoral and Jazz Pastoral, Harrison Birtwistle's Down by the Greenwood Side--discussed at length by Rupprecht--and Yan Tan Tethera, a "dramatic pastoral" and "mechanical pastoral," respectively; and Thea Musgrave's Green (pp.
13, with a concert titled "Musical Milestones," pairing Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony
" and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.
Saylor provides an extensive and insightful commentary on the work that more than any other demonstrates the qualities listed in his definition of pastoralism quoted above, the Pastoral Symphony
, whose direct inspiration, as Vaughan Williams said, was not the English landscape but the "Corot-like" French landscape where he was serving as an ambulance driver in the War.
27, Sinfonietta Riga, Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Pastoral Symphony
, Great Guild, Riga
Pieces originally written lor chamber ensembles or orchestra include well-known examples of pastorales such as "Pifa" from Handel's Messiah, "Sinfonia (Pastorale)" from Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and the entire second movement of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
. The collection also includes piano transcriptions of pastorales by Heinechen, Sibelius, Haydn, Dvorak, Beach and Stravinsky.
This delight was evident in a fresh and elegant Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
. The hall's superb acoustic was highlighted as Sir Mark dispensed with the standard orchestra configuration to successfully experiment with sonority and musical colours.
You will also get to hear Dvorak's The Golden Spinning Wheel and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
The performance of the Pastoral Symphony
had a real touch of nocturnal mystery.
Beethoven nicknamed his symphony himself when he first marked the score: "Pastoral Symphony
, or Recollections of Country Life: More an Expression of Feeling Than Painting."