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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major op. 68 (Pastorale) in a historic adaptation for string sextett
Reading from the letters of Holy Bonifatius about his mission with the Germanic peoples
Owing to a courageous monk from England who had set his mind on converting the Germanic people, the only remaining evidence of the Germanic god of thunder is “Thursday”. One day in 723, Saint Boniface set out to fell the mighty Donar’s Oak, a sacred tree dedicated to the god of thunder in the region of Hessen. When the oak fell after hours of hard work without the god of thunder stirring, the Germanic people began to wonder and Saint Boniface baptised hundreds of them on the very same day. He described his mission in long letters to the Pope in Rome, so we still know every detail of it today. Michael Dangl reads from Saint Boniface’s letters. The most famous thunderstorm from the history of music will accompany the reading – Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony” in an adaption for a string sextet. In beautiful sounds, it illustrates how the dark forests of Germania turned into blooming landscapes after the monks had started to cut down the trees.