Robert’s mental health was always a matter for some concern. He’s had an episode in 1833 during which he’d contemplated suicide; and, again, in 1845 following a strenuous concert tour of Russia with Clara and a consequent unremitting work schedule when they returned home, his health collapsed, and depression reduced him for a while to a state of catatonia.
The Second Symphony is part of, and a testimony to, the process of recovery:
Symphony No. 2 in C
Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo 00:00
Scherzo. Allegro vivace 12:13
Adagio espressivo 19:18
Allegro molto vivace 28:40 ∙
Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as “fair use”, for the purpose of study, and critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of the copyright owner(s).