Sheet Music: Merry gathering of country folk

TitleMerry gathering of country folk
from Symphony No. 6 in F major “Pastoral”
Alternate titlesLustiges Zusammensein der Landleute
Peasants' Merrymaking
Opus numberOp. 68
ComposerLudwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyF major
Time signature3/4
Tempo108 BPM
Performance time4:55
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2016-12-10
Last updated2016-12-10
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Saturday 10 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Merry Gathering of Country Folk

from Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

Today we present a melodic transcription of the third movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, also known as the Pastoral Symphony.

Beethoven was a lover of nature who spent a great deal of his time on walks in the country. He also frequently left Vienna to work in rural locations. Each of the Symphony's five movements (yes, five, not the four typical of Classical symphonies) was annotated with a title evocative of the countryside. The third movement, a scherzo, carries the title “Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute”, which means “Merry gathering of country folk”, and aptly depicts country folk dancing and revelling. It ends abruptly on an imperfect cadence, leading without a pause into the fourth movement, titled “Thunder, Storm”.

Thanks to Kaitlyn for suggesting this piece!