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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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A Pastoral Symphony

A Pastoral Symphony

(p.341) Chapter 81 A Pastoral Symphony
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

The mood of A Pastoral Symphony is, as its title suggests, almost entirely quiet and contemplative—there are few fortissimos and few allegros. The only really quick passage is the Coda to the third movement, and that is all pianissimo. In form it follows fairly closely the classical pattern, and is in four movements: Moderato (this leads to a cadence, and is followed by a new figure first played by the cor-anglais and taken up by the other instruments, which leads in its turn to a new subject in A minor), Andantino, Moderato pesante, and Lento-Moderato Maestoso. The middle section of the movement is founded on the introductory passage, after which the principal subject returns in shortened form, and the movement ends as it began, except that the introductory passage is accompanied, not by the drum, but by a high note held by the strings.

Keywords:   Pastoral Symphony, fortissimos, allegros, Coda, pianissimo, Moderato, Andantino, Moderato pesante, Lento-Moderato Maestoso

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