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1   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: On Beethoven's Openings Buy Buy  
2   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Opening phrase of the 'Pastoral': ood, Symbolism and Musical Function Buy Buy  
3   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Musical Acorns: the outline of melody; the shape of a question Buy Buy  
4   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: The 'question' in the 'Pastoral' repeated... Buy Buy  
5   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: ...and answered Buy Buy  
6   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: The opening phrase ends on a note full of pregnant expectation Buy Buy  
7   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Starting with a stop Buy Buy  
8   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: The rhythmic profile of the opening phrase; a two-part construction Buy Buy  
9   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Phrase One, Part One Buy Buy  
10   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Phrase One, Part Two Buy Buy  
11   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: The properties of rhythmic ambiguity; the 'question' of Phrase One answered Buy Buy  
12   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Phrase Two: from meander to march Buy Buy  
13   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: The makings of a conversation: contrast and variation Buy Buy  
14   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Repetition as a major factor, but it's never mere repetition; each time something new is ad Buy Buy  
15   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: From soft to loud and back again; instrumental enrichment from horns and double-basses Buy Buy  
16   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Mega-repetition: violins play exactly the same little fragment ten times in a row Buy Buy  
17   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: But no two repetitions are quite the same; varieties of contrast Buy Buy  
18   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: More variation: pitch rises; violins joined frist by the clarinet, then by the oboe Buy Buy  
19   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Return to opening idea, but with new instrumentation and articulation Buy Buy  
20   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Clarinets, horns, bassoons and flutes now join expansive variation Buy Buy  
21   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: 'New' insistent rhythm derived from the first four notes of the piece Buy Buy  
22   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: With the dawn chorus, a whole forest is waking up; feelings of rapture Buy Buy  
23   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: First violins play a derivative of the opening figure, joined by wind and strings Buy Buy  
24   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Sudden change of key, from the home key (tonic) to the dominant Buy Buy  
25   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Arrival at the hightly contrasting second main theme Buy Buy  
26   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Unusual properties of second main theme Buy Buy  
27   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Rhythmic clash between simultaneous groups of three beats and groups of two Buy Buy  
28   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: winds fall selent as the violins and violas interrupt with a new theme Buy Buy  
29   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Winds answer with the same morse-like rhythm but at half the speed Buy Buy  
30   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Crescendo leads to strings' acceleration of the pace with no increase in tempo Buy Buy  
31   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Beginning of coda, directly based on morse-like rhythm of the main theme Buy Buy  
32   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Strings reiterate small fragment of the new theme 13 times in a row Buy Buy  
33   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: A simple, rising violin phrase leads to a repeat of the Exposition Buy Buy  
34   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: The nature and function of the Development section in sonata form; 'harmonic' rhythm explai Buy Buy  
35   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: The nature of harmonic rhythm illustrated Buy Buy  
36   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: A typically Beethovenian exercise in the frustration of expectation Buy Buy  
37   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Repetitiousness and magic effected largely through instrumental colour Buy Buy  
38   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Then come four, almost identical bars Buy Buy  
39   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Even greater magic, with sudden switch of key and tone colour Buy Buy  
40   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Entire Development section up to this point Buy Buy  
41   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: The Development continued Buy Buy  
42   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Increased unease and suspense as harmonic rhythm accelerates Buy Buy  
43   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Arrival at the point of Recapitulation; back to the beginning, as a reminder Buy Buy  
44   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Beginning of Recapitulation Buy Buy  
45   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: More Beethovenian frustrations of expectations which he himself has just set up Buy Buy  
46   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Harmonic rhythm speeds up, giving the impression of an accent on every beat Buy Buy  
47   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Prevailing mood restored; new theme from clarinets and bassoons Buy Buy  
48   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Violins and violas take up theme; horns, cellos, double-basses accompany Buy Buy  
49   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: A hush falls, followed by a return of the movement's most familiar tag in strings Buy Buy  
50   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Clarinet takes up the running triplet figures of the main closing theme Buy Buy  
51   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: First violins take up the opening phrase again, accompanied by double-basses Buy Buy  
52   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: Beethoven slips in one last surprise; cue to complete movement Buy Buy  
53   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arriving in the Country: First movement (complete) Buy    
54   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: General introduction; the birth of a melody Buy Buy  
55   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Brook music quickens; syncopated horns; theme changes hands; evocation of birdsong Buy Buy  
56   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: The 'motto' theme introduced by violins and treated to round-like overlappings Buy Buy  
57   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Transitional 'bridge' theme sets off for new key group. But is it? And does it? Buy Buy  
58   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Will he, or won't he? Beethoven keeps us guessing Buy Buy  
59   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: The run-up to the Second Group Buy Buy  
60   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Arrival at the Second Group; but where is the actual Second Subject? Buy Buy  
61   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: A new tune is introduced by the bassoon Buy Buy  
62   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Tune is repeated three times Buy Buy  
63   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: ...which the full orchestra now takes up in varied form Buy Buy  
64   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Theme carried by flutes and first violins in a charmingly waltz-like development Buy Buy  
65   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: A reminder of precedent Buy Buy  
66   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Back to the prevailing triple-metre with violins, bassoons and flutes Buy Buy  
67   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Another reminder of precedent... Buy Buy  
68   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: ...and a cue to some unexpected departures Buy Buy  
69   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: The transformational magic of Beethoven's 'tone-painting' - and a new varation Buy Buy  
70   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Conversation of clarinet, flute and oboe on the way to the Development Buy Buy  
71   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Harmonic movement emphasised by violins; oboe takes up the First Subject Buy Buy  
72   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Flute and oboe discuss the First Subject, before arriving together at the Transition Buy Buy  
73   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Gains in volume and intensity lead to a new key-change Buy Buy  
74   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: More thematic transformation through the agency of tone-colour Buy Buy  
75   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Harmonic fluideity - instability - as the central engine of the Development section Buy Buy  
76   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Harmonic instability, thematic dissolution increase, then lessen with approach of Recapitulation Buy Buy  
77   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Recap. and transformation: key and material are right, but what a change of presentation! Buy Buy  
78   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Just when we know what's coming, Beethoven changes the rules (or at least the harmony) Buy Buy  
79   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Transformation by reorchestration; switch to long sustained chords; then everything stops Buy Buy  
80   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: The silence is broken by voices of nightingale (flute), quail (oboe) and cuckoo (clarinet) Buy Buy  
81   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: First violins bring back motto theme Buy Buy  
82   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Cue to complete movement on CD 2 Buy Buy  
 
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1   Second Movement: Scene by the Brook: Second movement (complete) Buy    
2   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Beethoven and the Scherzo: an introduction; Part One of opening phrase taken by the strings Buy Buy  
3   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Immediate response; Part One is answered by a march more singing, continuous legato Buy Buy  
4   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Entire orchestra gives out opening theme, this time fortissimo and with powerful accents Buy Buy  
5   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: A mustical ball game. The contrast of this and the first two movements could hardly be greater Buy Buy  
6   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: After quietly teasing suspense, Beethoven mocks village band, first the oboe, then the bassoon Buy Buy  
7   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Clarinet joins in, then horn takes the tune - the dance no longer boisterous but lyrical Buy Buy  
8   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Strings sweep the village musicians aside and hurtle us into the new, boisterous 'Trio' section Buy Buy  
9   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: The air is alive with the sound of (mock) bagpipes, tambourines and fifes Buy Buy  
10   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Coda; begins as the movement itself begins, but soon diverges in harmony and instrumentation Buy Buy  
11   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Original layout compressed; order of events is changed nd Beethoven springs a big surprise Buy Buy  
12   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Third movement (complete) Buy Buy  
13   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm: Unparalled portrait of nature's power over humanity, with some stupendous orchestration Buy Buy  
14   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm: Self-generating form and terror of total unpredictability; 'anxiety motif' from the violins Buy Buy  
15   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm: The 'lashing rain' motif - downward-driving arpeggios from the first violins and violas Buy Buy  
16   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm: The 'lightning' motif, and its recurrnece later in the movement Buy Buy  
17   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm: 'Rain' motif, derived from descending scale pattern from the violins at the outest Buy Buy  
18   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm: Shivering tremolandos from the strings and increasingly eerie harmonies from the wind Buy Buy  
19   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm: Steady crescendo in strings; terrifying, downward spelling-out of chords in the violins Buy Buy  
20   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm: Extremes of dynamic contrasts; the unsettling, disturbing, undermining effects of chromaticism Buy Buy  
21   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm: Abandonment of melody, and most traces even of rhythm; sustained, discordant harmony Buy Buy  
22   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm: Storm dispersed, the sun reappears, bathing sodden earth below with its life-giving rays Buy Buy  
23   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm: Cue to complete preformance of Fourth Movement Buy Buy  
24   Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm: Fourth movement (complete) Buy Buy  
25   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: 'Yodelling' figure from clarinet, then horn, the violins, who introduce the main theme Buy Buy  
26   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: Details of instrumental magic in the interplay of horns, cellos, clarinets and bassoons Buy Buy  
27   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: Main theme heard three times in a row - and yet never the same way twice Buy Buy  
28   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: Now we get the whole orchestra, playing full out, with violins all double-stopping Buy Buy  
29   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: Transition to the next section, based on the last two notes of the main theme Buy Buy  
30   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: The rhythmic basis of new transition theme, first in violas, then takes up by first violins Buy Buy  
31   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: Another rhythmic details of extended transition comes increasingly into the foreground Buy Buy  
32   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: ...and is then heard in expanded version, taken in sequence by the strings, from the top down Buy Buy  
33   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: New phrase, introduced by violins, brings us resoundingly back to the opening material Buy Buy  
34   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: Main theme, re-orchestrated; unexpected drift into another key and a new, gently flowing theme Buy Buy  
35   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: Hints of a return to main theme; long 'pedal point'; running commentary from the violins Buy Buy  
36   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: Main theme returns, but significantly altered, and not entirely intact Buy Buy  
37   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: Running commentary now heard in the middle, with alternating pizzicatos both above and below Buy Buy  
38   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: Part Three of main theme given to entire orchestra, leading to final appearance of Theme two Buy Buy  
39   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: Extended coda; overlapping variations of main theme, rather in the manner of a round Buy Buy  
40   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: Suddenly the scene changes. A variation of the 'running commentary' cited in Tracks 34 and 36 Buy Buy  
41   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: The crowning glory, as the Shepherd's Song of Thanksgiving takes on a 'heavenly' magnificence Buy Buy  
42   Fifth Movement: Shepherd's Song - Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm: Cue into complete performance of Fifth Movement through the 'gateway' of the Fourth Buy Buy  

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