The cheery and almost pastoral mood of the symphony often invites comparisons with Beethoven's Sixth Symphony,[citation needed] but, perhaps mischievously, Brahms wrote to his publisher on November 22, 1877, that the symphony "is so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it. I have never written anything so sad, and the score must come out in mourning."

Date of composition 1877
Premiered 1877, December 30th in Vienna, Austria
First published 1878, N.Simrock in Berlin, Germany
Type Symphony
Tonality D Major
Catalogue Op. 73
Approx. duration 40 minutes
Instruments Orchestra
Autotranslations beta Johannes Brahms: Symphonie n°2 en ré majeur, Op. 73
Johannes Brahms: Sinfonia n. 2 in re maggiore, Op. 73
Johannes Brahms: Sinfonie Nr. 2 D-dur, Op. 73