Karol Szymanowski completed his Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 in 1909 at the age of 27. Szymanowski was greatly influenced by German culture and the symphony has many echoes of Richard Strauss and Max Reger. This symphony introduced Szymanowski to Europe in 1911-12 and it was heard in Berlin, Leipzig and Vienna. The symphony was published soon after the composer's death after much revision. This symphony and its use of a solo violin laid the foundation, so to speak, of Szymanowski's first Violin Concerto. A typical performance of the symphony lasts about 30 minutes.
|Original Name||Symfonia B-dur|
|Date of composition||1909 (1909-1910; revised in 1911-1935)|
|First published||circa 1937|
|Approx. duration||35 minutes|
Karol Szymanowski: Symphonie n°2 en si bémol majeur, Op. 19
Karol Szymanowski: Sinfonia n. 2 in si bemolle maggiore, Op. 19
Karol Szymanowski: Sinfonie Nr. 2 B-dur, Op. 19