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Das Philharmonische Tagebuch

Wed, 24. February 2010


Children Compose Scenes at the Brook

Schoolchildren hear Beethoven

Before the Vienna Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel left on their concert tour, members of the orchestra visited seven school classes in Vienna in order to introduce the students to Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, the "Pastoral". After the students compared Beethoven's close relationship to nature with their own experiences in the out of doors, they composed their own versions of "Scenes at the Brook", replete with thunderstorms and shepherds' songs. These compositions were compared with the original at a visit to the orchestra's dress rehearsal for the concert in the Musikverein. Seeing as musical tastes vary, not all of the students were completely convinced that Beethoven's original was so much better than their own efforts! The workshops in the schools as well as the dress rehearsal left a major impression on the youthful participants.



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