• Kurt Weill
  • Symphony No. 2 (1934)

  • Heugel (World)
  • 2222/2220/timp.perc/str
  • 25 min

Programme Note

Yannick Nézet-Séguin discusses programming Weill's Symphony No. 2 on a Philadelphia Orchestra concertKurt Weill composed Symphony No. 2 in1933-34 on a commission from the Princesse de Polignac (Winnaretta Singer, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune and an arts patron). The Concertgebouw premiered it in Amsterdam in October 1934 under the baton of Bruno Walter. Walter gave the US premiere with the New York Philharmonic in two months later. The symphony has become a familiar face in the twentieth-century symphonic line-up.

In 2000, David Schiff remarked in Atlantic Monthly that it "sums up the musical revolution that Weill had begun as an enfant terrible in the mid-twenties."

The symphony is in three movements: Sostenuto - Allegro molto; Largo; Allegro vivace - Presto.

Additional information at the Kurt Weill Foundation

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