Schumann Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61

“A shadow lies within; but the other things it contains, my beloved, will make you rejoice…” This quote is taken from the final letter Schumann wrote to his wife Clara. Shortly afterwards, the imaginary demons would return to haunt the agitated composer, who died a year later from complications of syphilis in an asylum outside of Bonn …

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Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36

By the time Beethoven ventured into symphonic music in 1800, five years had passed since Haydn’s last attempt at the genre and twelve years had elapsed since Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony. Then as now, music is a performative art, quite unlike the trade of painting, for example, and it requires a specific occasion and engaging people among both performers and audience …

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