Symphony No. 2 (Penderecki)

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Symphony No. 2
by Krzysztof Penderecki
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The composer in 2008
Composed1979 (1979)–80
Performed1 May 1980 (1980-05-01), New York
Duration30 min.

Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki wrote his Symphony No. 2 during the winter of 1979–80. Sometimes referred to as the "Christmas Symphony" (quotations of the Christmas carol "Silent Night" occur repeatedly throughout the symphony), neither the score nor the parts (Schott Music, Mainz 45 791) make any reference to this moniker.



The symphony, lasting 30–35 minutes, is in one movement employing a modified sonata form. Sections are marked: Moderato, Allegretto, Lento, Tempo I and Allegretto.


Piccolo, flutes (2), oboes (2), cor anglais, clarinets (3 in E flat, with bass clarinets), bassoons (2), contrabassoon, horns (5), trumpets (3), trombones (3), tubas (1), percussion (4 performers: triangle, gong, beck., tamtam, mil. tr., gr. tr., tubular bells, glockenspiel, xylophone), celesta, strings. [1]


The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta, gave the first performance of the symphony on 1 May 1980. [2]


OrchestraConductorRecord companyYear of RecordingFormat
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Katowice (Polskie Radio. Wielka Orkiestra Symfoniczna w Katowicach) [3] Jacek KasprzykMuza1981LP
Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Sinfonie-Orchester Krzysztof Penderecki Wergo1994 [4] CD
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Katowice) Antoni Wit Naxos Records 2000 [5] CD

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  1. "Schott Music Shop: Penderecki 2. Symphony" . Retrieved 2014-06-26.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Robinson, Ray. "Krzystof Penderecki: A Guide to His Works". Prestige Publications: Princeton, 1983, p.20.
  3. OCLC   81575760
  4. "Penderecki Partial Discography at" (in Polish). Retrieved 2009-01-26.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) Information elsewhere shows(?) that this was released in 1994 but recorded in 1989, so in any case postdates the Muza recording.
  5. OCLC   45109918