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.
But on Feb. 8, it played a very different role ... They sat in a semicircle, performing Beethoven, a Romanian polka, a popular Hebrew song and a waltz, among other musical pieces across the spectrum and spanning centuries ... “All music tells a story.”.
“DancingBeethoven” are words that generally aren’t found in the same sentence ... “But Beethoven’s 7th in particular, from the composer, from the expert, they would define as the most danceable symphony.