Beethoven may not have been the most gracious of individuals. A temperament more suited to maybe bull-fighting or Rugby than creating some of the most beautiful music that humanity has been blessed with, he still managed to take a break from waging war with life’s demons (musical and otherwise) and provided us with a pastoral daydream, showcasing his love and appreciation of nature.
Beethoven’s Pastoral is no musical cul-de-sac, writes Tom Service. It’s a radical work, and in its final movement is music more purely spine-tingling and life-enhancingly joyful than almost anywhere else in his output. – via theguardian.com
“How delighted I will be to ramble for awhile through the bushes, woods, under trees, through grass, and around rocks. No one can love the country as much as I do. For surely woods, trees, and rocks produce the echo that man desires to hear.” ~ Beethoven
Beethoven: Symphony No.6, “Pastorale”; Jarvi, DKB
Or, if you are wrapped in the comfort of your home and just don’t care what might happen outside:
Let It Snow – Dean Martin
And one of our holiday favorites:
The Christmas Waltz – Robert Goulet & Carol Lawrence
Thanksgiving Blessings to All!
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