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Symphony no. 6 in F, Op. 68 'Pastorale' - Allegretto (V) - Beethoven (Violin & Cello)

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By Ludwig van Beethoven

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Violin, Cello - Digital Download
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Arranged by Peet du Toit. 1 pages. Published by Peet du Toit (S0.814073).

Item Number: S0.814073

The Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, also known as the Pastoral Symphony, is a symphony composed by Ludwig van
Beethoven and completed in 1808. One of Beethoven's few works containing explicitly programmatic content (instrumental music that relates a story or portrays a scene), the symphony was first performed in the Theater an der Wien on
22 December 1808 in a four-hour concert.

The finale, which is in F major, is in 6/8 time. The movement is in sonata rondo form, meaning that the main theme
appears in the tonic key at the beginning of the development as well as the exposition and the recapitulation. Like many
 classical finales, this movement emphasizes a symmetrical eight-bar theme, in this case representing the shepherds' song of thanksgiving.

The coda starts quietly and gradually builds to an ecstatic culmination for the full orchestra (minus "storm instruments")
with the first violins playing very rapid triplet tremolo on a high F. There follows a fervent passage suggestive of prayer, marked by Beethoven pianissimo, sotto voce; most conductors slow the tempo for this passage. After a brief period of afterglow, the work ends with two emphatic F-major chords.

Here is an excerpt of this magic music for Violin and Cello that can be used as a short closer or filler, under the appropriate circumstances.

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