Sheet Music: Pastoral Symphony

TitlePastoral Symphony
from Messiah
Opus numberHWV 56
ComposerGeorge Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyC major
Time signature12/8
Tempo44 BPM
Performance time2:55
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2011-08-08
Last updated2011-08-08
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Monday 8 August 2011

Tune of the Day: Pastoral Symphony

from Handel's “Messiah”, arranged for two flutes

The famous “Pastoral Symphony” that serves as an instrumental interlude before the Christmas section in Handel's oratorio Messiah was originally entitled “Pifa”. The composer alludes to the music of the pifferari, the country bagpipers who descended the Italian mountains during the Christmas season to play in village streets.

James Galway included a solo version of this piece in his album Pachelbel Canon and Other Baroque Favorites.

Other Movements from the same Work

Hallelujah Chorus Flute quartet
He Shall Feed His Flock Flute & Piano
Pastoral Symphony Flute trio