The first violin part for Schumann's Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 has been edited by Norman Carol, the legendary former concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, who held the position from 1966 to 1994. Carol's bowings, fingerings and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score.
Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 2 was published in 1847, although technically it is the third completed as the original version of his D minor symphony of 1841 was later revised and published as No. 4. Written during a time of severe health problems, the uplifting tone of Symphony No. 2 is a remarkable testament to hope and the strength of will. Some draw a parallel to his predecessor Beethoven as a symbol of triumph over fate/pessimism. The symphony follows the traditional four-movement form, though it breaks from the Classical tradition with the scherzo before the slow movement, as was often done in the nineteenth century.
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