Symphony No. 2 (Paine)
The symphony was composed in 1879 and published in Boston in 1880, at a time when few American composers were able to find publishers for symphonic works. It was also premiered in Boston in 1880, and was extremely well received, prompting handkerchief-waving and shouting at the first performance. Historian Louis Elson compared its final movement to Robert Schumann's Symphony in B flat, which is also subtitled "Spring".
The symphony is in four movements:
- Adagio sostenuto - "Departure of Winter" Allegro ma non troppo "Awakening of Nature"
- Scherzo Allegro "May-Night Fantasy"
- Adagio "A Romance of Springtime"
- Allegro giojoso "The Glory of Nature"
- Kenneth C. Roberts and John C. Schmidt. "John Knowles Paine". Grove Music online.
- Steven Ledbetter, Liner Notes to New World Records CD 80350 "John Knowles Paine, Symphony Nº. 2 in A-Major Im Frühling
- Chase, Gilbert. America's Music. 3rd rev. edn., 1992, p. 342.
- Symphony No. 2 (Paine): Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
- Falletta, JoAnn. "A Forgotten Voice - Announcement of Naxos recording of the Symphony No.1 in C Minor & plans to record the Symphony No.2".
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