Symphony No. 2 (Dvořák)

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The Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 4, B. 12 was composed by Antonín Dvořák between August and October 1865. Dvořák sent the score to be bound, but could not pay the binder, who then kept the score.

It had its world premiere, and its sole performance during the composer's lifetime in March 1888, under Adolf Čech[1] (who also premiered the 5th and 6th symphonies). It was generally well received.[2]


The work is in four movements:

  1. Allegro con moto
  2. Poco adagio in G minor
  3. Scherzo: Allegro con brio
  4. Finale: Allegro con fuoco

A typical performance of the work has a duration of about fifty minutes.


The work is scored for an orchestra of two flutes, piccolo, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, and strings.


  1. ^ Challenge Records International. "Challenge Records International - Symphonies No. 2 & No. 6 (Antonin Dvorák ) - Zdenek Mácal / Czech Philharmonic Orchestra". Challenge Records International. 
  2. ^ Brown, A. Peter (2003). The second golden age of the Viennese symphony: Brahms, Bruckner, Dvořák, Mahler, and selected contemporaries. Indiana University Press. p. 318. ISBN 978-0-253-33488-6. 

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