Last time I shared the story of what I imagine when I hear Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Today we will look at another piece that tells a story, or rather depicts an event musically. The event is a thunderstorm.

Seeing as we are in the midst of summer, you have probably recently experienced a thunderstorm. When the storm is close by, you hear the thunder close together, and when it starts to go away you hear thunder less and less. And there also might be some rain and wind. This is what you’re gonna hear in this piece today.

An ominous piece like this could only come from Beethoven himself, since he wrote the famous duh-duh-duh-DUN theme (Symphony No. 5). The thunder storm piece appears as the fourth movement of his 6th Symphony (the Pastoral Symphony). It’s cool in this one because each movement has a title to tell what it’s about. The titles are in German so I’ll translate them:

-Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside
-Scene by the brook
-Merry gathering of country folk
 -Shepherd’s song; cheerful and thankful feeling after the storm

It’s all peaceful and happy except for the fourth movement: Gewitter, Sturm, which translates to Thunder, Storm.

But seriously, you can hear the thunder and rain and storminess going on here. You can hear the storm coming in, the massive down pour, the thunder close together, then the thunder farther apart as the storm goes away.

0:15- It starts to get ominous as the storm approaches, this is when you see dark clouds in the distance
0:35- Here comes the big storm, hear the thunder in the drum parts. The storm is right overhead as the thunder sounds close together (0:52)
1:05- Thunder with the drums
1:55-The strings sound like wind or rain as the thunder continues.
2:18- The wind gets even more intense with powerful gusts, blowing away everything in it’s path
2:33- This part is so intense I have to think that lightning strikes something and sets it on fire
2:51- The storm starts to die down
3:19-After a brief pause the thunder sounds in the distance, then the storm subsides.

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