- Brahms Symphony No. 2
Johannes Brahms composed Symphony No. 2 in the summer of 1877 during a visit to Austria. The Symphony No. 2 in D major is one of the most cheerful of Brahms’ mature works, so much so that it is often called his “Pastoral” in a reference to Beethoven’s symphony with the same name. Brahms wrote to his publisher on November 22, 1877, that the symphony “is so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it. I have never written anything so sad, and the score must come out in mourning.” The overwhelmingly positive reception greatly cheered Brahms and marked the beginning of his reputation as a promising symphonist. Of the four symphonies, he was to write, it was his personal favorite.