FIRST PAGE OF THE AUTOGRAPH OF THE FIFTH SYMPHONY IN C MINOR, opus 67 At the head of the manuscript Beethoven noted with red pencil: "Sinfonia da L. v. Beethoven." The entry has become almost illegible. Below the second measure the composer noted with ink: "Flauti, oboe, clarinetti, fagotti, corni, tutti obligati." The Symphony in C minor was composed in the period between 1804 and 1808 and first heard on December 22, 1808 at the Theater an der Wien under the composer's direction. The occasion was a concert entirely devoted to works of Beethoven. ( Former State Library, Berlin)
FIFTH SYMPHONY IN C MINOR, opus 67 Orchestral parts Title page with dedication to Prince Lobkowitz and Count Rasumoffsky. (van Hoboken, Ascona) Score Title page ( Society of Friends of Music, Vienna) The first edition of the Fifth Symphony (orchestral parts only) was published by Breitkopf & Härtel in Leipzig in 1809. Only in 1826, however, did the same publishers release the orchestral score.
AUTOGRAPH OF THE "SYMPHONIE PASTORALE" No. 6, F MAJOR, opus 68 First page of the first movement At the head of the score from Beethoven's hand: "Sinfonia 6ta da Luigi van Beethoven. Allegro ma non troppo. Pleasant, gay sentiments such as are awakened in the human being when arriving in the country." On the right margin half way down the composer repeats the word "awaken." At the bottom of the page his note "P. S. the German titles such as not too fast, sixth symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven--write them all into the first violin part." (Beethovenhaus, Bonn)
PAGE FROM THE AUTOGRAPH OF THE "PASTORAL SYMPHONY" One of the last pages of the second movement This concerns the famous passage evoking the song of the birds. At the bottom of the page Beethoven notes: "P. S. write the words nightingale, quail, cuckoo, into the first flutes, the first oboe, the first and second clarinets just as here in the score." (Beethovenhaus, Bonn)
THE "PASTORAL SYMPHONY" No. 6, F MAJOR, OPUS 68 Orchestral parts Title page with dedication to Prince Lobkowitz and Count Rasumoffsky ( van Hoboken, Ascona) Score Title page ( Society of Friends of Music, Vienna) The work was completed in 1808 during his sojourn in Heiligenstadt and is an incomparable testimony to his sensitivity to nature.The first public performance took place December 22, 1808 under the composer's direction at the Theater an der Wien. In 1809 Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig,published the symphony, i.e., only the orchestral parts, and the score was released by the same house in 1826. In one of his notebooks Beethoven comments on this symphony: "Those who have an idea of country life will know what the author wishes without many explanations."
BEETHOVEN WORKING ON HIS "PASTORAL SYMPHONY" Colored lithograph from the Almanac of the Society of Music of Zürich, published in 1834 Speaking about the valley of Nussdorf near Vienna, Beethoven said to his biographer Schindler: "There I wrote the 'Episode at the Brook' and the goldhammers up there, the quails, nightingales and cuckoos around helped me compose." ( Bodmer, Zürich)