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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.