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Karol Szymanowski: 2. Symphonie

  • in Bb major
  • for orchestra
  • 3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1 - perc(3), hp, str
  • Duration: 32’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1. flute
    2. flute
    3. flute
    1. oboe
    2. oboe
    cor anglais (+3. ob)
    1. clarinet in B
    2. clarinet in B
    bass clarinet in B (+3. cl(Bb)
    1. bassoon
    2. bassoon
    3. bassoon
    1. horn in F
    2. horn in F
    3. horn in F
    4. horn in F
    1. trumpet in B
    2. trumpet in B
    3. trumpet in B
    1. trombone
    2. trombone
    3. trombone
    violin I
    violin II
  • Composer: Karol Szymanowski
  • Assistance: Grzegorz Fitelberg
  • Dedication: À mon Ami Grégoire Fitelberg
  • Remarks: Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich:

Work introduction

Written by a 28-year-old Karol Szymanowski, Symphony No. 2 overflows with ideas that all demand to be listened to – some inspired by Richard Strauss. The first movement is passionate and exhilarating, constantly on a high. The second comprises a theme and five variations, and is playful, festive and dance-like. The final movement consists of a sixth variation followed by a fugue.

Symphony No. 2 at


The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Warsaw (PL)
Grzegorz Fitelberg

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