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Symphony no. 2 in c

Symphony in C minor. 1872. Time: 71'00.

Minor revisions in 1873 and 1876.

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"Symphony No. 2 in C minor"
Bruckner circa 1860.jpg
Dedication none
Composed 1871 - 1872
1875 - 1876
Premiere Bruckner conducting, 20 February 1876, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna
First published 1892
Other editions ed. Robert Haas, 1938
ed. Leopold Nowak, 1965
ed. William Carragan, 1997 (1877 version)
ed. William Carragan, 2005 (1872 version)
First recording Volkmar Andreae, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, 1953

Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 2 in C minor was completed in 1872, and revised, like most of Bruckner's other symphonies, at various points thereafter.

It was composed after the Symphony No. 0 in D minor (which was itself composed after the Symphony No. 1 in C minor). It is the only "official" Bruckner symphony (that is to say, excluding No. 0) without a dedication: Franz Liszt tacitly rejected the dedication, and Richard Wagner chose the Symphony No. 3 in D minor instead. The premiere was given with Bruckner himself conducting in 1873.



The score calls for a pair each of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, and strings.

The symphony has four movements:

  1. Moderato, C minor
  2. Feierlich, etwas bewegt, A-flat major
  3. Scherzo: Mäßig schnell, C minor,  — Trio: Gleiches Tempo, C major
  4. Finale: Ziemlich schnell, C minor


1872 Version

This version has been published in an edition by William Carragan (published 2005). In this version, the Scherzo and slow movement are swapped, the scherzo preceding. It has been recorded by Kurt Eichhorn, Georg Tintner, and Simone Young.

1873 Version

This version, used at the premiere, features a clarinet rather than a horn solo at the end of the Adagio and deletes repeats in the scherzo. It has been recorded by Kurt Eichhorn.

1876 Version

This version, together with the 1873 version, appears in the Carragan edition of the symphony.

1877 Version

The editions by Robert Haas (published 1938) and Leopold Nowak (published 1965) are both based on this version with some features of the 1872 version mixed in. The edition by Carragan (published 1997) reproduces this version exactly. Most recordings are made of the Haas and Nowak versions. The Carragan edition has been recorded by Daniel Barenboim.

1892 First Published Version

Thie version was edited by Cyrill Hynais. Until recently it was thought to be inauthentic, however Carragan has showed that it corresponds closely to the 1877 version. A cut version of the scherzo of this version was used in the first recording of this symphony, by Fritz Zaun.


The first commercial recording of part of the symphony was made by Fritz Zaun with the Berlin State Opera Orchestra in 1934. It contained only a cut version of the scherzo, in the 1892 first published edition.

The oldest surviving complete performance is by Georg-Ludwig Jochum with the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz. It dates from 1944 and uses the Haas edition.

The first commercial recording was by Volkmar Andreae with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 1953, also using the Haas edition. The first recording on Hybrid SACD was by Simone Young conducting the Hamburg Philharmonic.

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