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Publisher: G. Schirmer

Symphony No. 2 (1934)
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Large Orchestra
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Kurt Weill Symphony No. 2 (1934)
Yannick Nézet-Séguin discusses programming Weill's Symphony No. 2 on a Philadelphia Orchestra concert
Kurt Weill composed Symphony No. 2 in1933-34 on a commission from the Princesse de Polignac (Winnaretta Singer, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune and an arts patron). The Concertgebouw premiered it in Amsterdam in October 1934 under the baton of Bruno Walter. Walter gave the US premiere with the New York Philharmonic in two months later. The symphony has become a familiar face in the twentieth-century symphonic line-up.

In 2000, David Schiff remarked in Atlantic Monthly that it "sums up the musical revolution that Weill had begun as an enfant terrible in the mid-twenties."

The symphony is in three movements: Sostenuto - Allegro molto; Largo; Allegro vivace - Presto.

Additional information at the Kurt Weill Foundation

  • Ensemble
    L'Orchestre Metropolitan
    Yannick Nezet-Seguin
    Atma Classique:
  • 03 MAY 2019
    Cordiner Recital Hall, Walla Walla, WA
    Whitman College Orchestra
    Paul Luongo, conductor

...the Second Symphony is Weill’s orchestral masterpiece, one of the great neo-classical essays in the form from the first half of the 20th century.
David Hurwitz,,01/01/0001
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