The cheery and almost pastoral mood of the symphony often invites comparisons with Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, 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|
|Approx. duration||40 minutes|
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