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Shepherd's Song

from Mvt. 5 of Pastoral Symphony (No. 6)

By Ludwig van Beethoven

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Mallet Ensemble Mallet Ensemble (Crotales, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Chimes, Vibraphone, 6 marimbas--(1) 4-octave, (2) low A, (3) low C) - Medium
From Mvt. 5 of Pastoral Symphony (No. 6). Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Arranged by Brian Slawson. Percussion Ensembles. Arranged for mallet ensemble. Folio & Parts on CD-ROM. Duration 3'10. Tapspace Publications #TSPCE-58. Published by Tapspace Publications (TA.TSPCE-58).

Item Number: TA.TSPCE-58

It's hard to imagine that Ludwig van Beethoven's delicate and good-natured Pastoral Symphony (No. 6) was composed at the same time (1807-08) as his rambunctious blockbuster Fifth Symphony ... not to mention they were both premiered at the same concert! Opening with the most recognizable four-note riff in the history of music, Beethoven's Fifth steamrolls its way through a tumultuous path of fate, fire, and fury while his Pastoral Symphony gently communicates his fondness for walks through the countryside and his love of nature.

The final movement, Shepherd's Song: Happy and Grateful Feelings after the Storm, is a remarkably joyful work, and through a large orchestration of mallet instruments, Brian Slawson creates a unique and crowd-pleasing way for percussion ensembles to communicate with sensitivity and richness.

This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.

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