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.
The first sketches of the Pastoral Symphony appeared in 1802. It was composed simultaneously with Beethoven's more famous—and more fiery—Fifth Symphony. Both symphonies were premiered in a long and under-rehearsed concert in the Theater an der Wien in Vienna on 22 December 1808.
The composer said that the Sixth Symphony is "more the expression of feeling than painting", a point underlined by the title of the first movement.
The orchestra’s residency runs through Saturday evening and will conclude with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony... The Beethoven was immediately preceded by ImanHabibi’s “Jeder Baum spricht” (Every Tree Speaks), a commissioned work part of the orchestra’s Beethoven 2020 project ... The swelling volume made one wonder if Habibi was stealing Beethoven’s thunder.