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Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 2

  • in Eb major
  • for large orchestra
  • 4 3 5 3 - 8 4 3 1 - timp, perc, str
  • Duration: 56’
  • Instrumentation details:
    piccolo
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    3rd flute (+alto fl)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    cor anglais
    clarinet in Eb
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    3rd clarinet in Bb
    bass clarinet in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    contrabassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    5th horn in F
    6th horn in F
    7th horn in F
    8th horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    3rd trumpet in C
    4th trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    contrabass tuba
    timpani
    percussion
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    double bass
  • Composer: Franz Schmidt
  • Editor: Karl Trötzmüller
  • Dedication: Franz Schalk gewidmet
  • Commission: Kritische Neuausgabe im Auftrag der Franz-Schmidt-Gemeinde, Wien.
  • Remarks: Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de

Work introduction

Schmidt worked on his second symphony from 1911 to 1913; it premiered one year later in Vienna under Franz Schalk. Its formal and thematic conception are extraordinary in many ways: a prelude, variations with a scherzo and a coda, held together by a unifying melodic idea. Whereas the first two sections have a quick basis tempo, the finale is marked with the contrasting Langsam.

The use of the variations principle as the determinant structural model for a symphonic movement is not surprising per se, since Schmidt wrote several works of variations (Concertante Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, Variations on a Hussar Song) or variation-like theme alterations.

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Wien (AT)
Date:
03.12.1913
Orchestra:
Wiener Hofopernorchester
Conductor:
Franz Schalk

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