Ludwig van Beethoven's Sixth Symphony in F-major opus 68, subtitled Pastoral has five movements:
  1. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings upon Arrival in the Country
    Allegro ma no troppo, running time 8:57
  2. Scene by the Brook
    Andanta molto mosso, running time 11:32
  3. Merry Gathering of Country Folk
    Allegro, running time 3:02
  4. Thunderstorm
    Allegro, running time 3:25
  5. Shepherd's Song: Happy and Thankful Feelings after the Storm
    Allegretto, runnig time 8:46.
Beethoven's Sixth Symphony is his only symphony where the movements are named (or at least named interestingly). Beethoven interspersed country dance-like melodies with music based on nature to paint a rustic picture of the country and nature.

This piece, written between 1807 and 1808, premiered on December 28, 1808 by a group who was essentially sight reading this, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, and two other hard musical pieces written by Beethoven. This piece was the musical setting for Fantasia, motivating a series of scenes based on Greek mythology.


Running times are from Deutsche Grammophon's recording of the Berliner Philharmoniker, directed by Herbert von Karajan.

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