LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY n°6 - PASTORAL SYMPHONY
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Man’s place in nature has always been an inspiration for many artists – in literature, in painting of course, but also in music. The best examples are “The Seasons” by Haydn – Beethoven was one of his pupils – and Antonio Vivaldi’s famous “Four Seasons”.
In the early 19th century, the pre-Romantic era, the man vs. nature theme (Man facing his destiny) was already a Romantic idea. Whereas the 3rd, 5th and 9th symphonies are masterpieces in music history, the “Pastoral Symphony” is a key work that links the classical and Romantic period through the choice of this theme – which Jean-François Zygel will demonstrate in this episode of “Les Clefs de l’orchestre”.