Pastoral Symphony

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1 sym. No.6 in F major, Op.68, by Beethoven, comp. 1807–8, f.p. Vienna 1808. A ‘programme symphony’ in which birdsong and a storm are represented. Each movt. has a title, viz., ‘Awakening of happy feelings on arriving in the country’, ‘By the brook’, ‘Joyous gathering of country folk—storm’, ‘Shepherd's song; happy and thankful feelings after the storm’.

2 3rd Sym. by Vaughan Williams comp. 1916–21, rev. 1950–1, f.p. London 1922. Last movt. has wordless solo for sop. (or cl.).

3 Short orch. movt. in Handel's Messiah, depicting calm of first Christmas Eve.

Subjects: Music.

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