Okay … most of you weren’t all that enthused when I asked if you liked classical music, so it isn’t destined to become a regular here, but I did want to share one of my favourites, just to give you a taste. Plus Hugh loves classical. Give it a listen, if you don’t like it, then I certainly understand and my feelings will not be hurt.
The word ‘pastorale’ refers to something of a pastoral nature in music, whether in form or in mood. Calming, peaceful. Beethoven was a lover of nature who spent a great deal of his time on walks in the country. He frequently left Vienna to work in rural locations. He said that the Sixth Symphony, aka Pastorale, is “more the expression of feeling than painting”.