Leipsic: Breitkopf & Härtel [PN 4311], [ca. 1853-55].
Large octavo. Original publisher's dark yellow wrappers with titling within decorative border. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 188 pp. Engraved throughout. Publisher's catalogue listing symphonies by Beethoven, Gade, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann; overtures by Beethoven, Cherubini, Gade, Mendelssohn, and Schumann; quintets by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Onslow; and quartets by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Onslow, and Schumann to verso of lower wrapper.
Wrappers quite worn and soiled, with "6" added in manuscript to upper wrapper; spine crudely reinforced with clear tape. Some minor internal wear, creasing, and soiling; first few leaves dampstained at lower outer corners.
First Edition, later issue. LvBW p 379. Beethoven Beiträge p. 218. Hirsch IV 311. Hoboken 2, 304.
"The Sixth Symphony … was composed almost wholly in 1808, and was completed by late summer of that year. Like the Fifth Symphony, it was jointly dedicated to Lobkowitz and Razumovsky. ... The return to Nature is on the surface of this "characteristic" or genre symphony, which is entitled "Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life" on the autograph score. … This innocent work is exceptional in Beethoven's output. … As many have observed, in composing the Pastoral Symphony Beethoven was not anticipating Romantic program music but rather was continuing in the Baroque pastoral tradition, as manifested in many works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and more particularly in Haydn's two oratorios." Solomon: Beethoven, pp. 205-206.
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