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Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 'Romantic'


By Howard Hanson

Orchestra Piccolo, Flute I, Flute II, Oboe I, Oboe II, English Horn, Clarinet I, Clarinet II, Bassoon I, Bassoon II, Contra Bassoon, Horn I, Horn II, Horn III, Horn, Trumpet I, Trumpet II, Trumpet III, Tenor I, Tenor II, Tenor III, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion, Harp,
Romantic. Composed by Howard Hanson (1896-1981). World Premiere, Critical Edition May 6, 1999 The Philadelphia Orchestra Wolfgang Sawallisch Conducting. Classical. Full score (study). With Standard notation. Opus 30. 104 pages. Duration 28 minutes. Published by Carl Fischer (CF.SC42).

Item Number: CF.SC42

ISBN 0825839696. With Standard notation. Classical.

Premiered in 1930 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Howard Hanson's Symphony No. 2 has long been the best-known and most popular of his pieces. In three colorful movements, the symphony has a heart-on-sleeve lyricism that has endeared it to audiences normally fearful of 20th century music. Score and parts were originally published by C.C. Birchard & Company in 1932, for the Eastman School of Music. Subsequently Carl Fischer acquired the rights to administer the copyright, and in 1948, published the familiar study score. There were known to be many errata and discrepancies between Hanson's original manuscript on deposit in the Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music and the existing materials in the Fischer rental library. As a result of Maestro Sawallisch's interest in performing the symphony, Clinton Nieweg and his staff of librarians at the Philadelphia Orchestra prepared this critical edition of the score of the piece. New parts were also produced and are available from the Carl Fischer Rental Library. The first performance of the critical edition of the Hanson Symphony No. 2 was given on May 6, 1999, with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch.

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  • August 19, 2005 THE BEST SYMPHONY EVER!

    This is such a great symphony! I love how musical and emotional it is. The music really can create pictures for you, and relaxes and works the mind.

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  • July 29, 2003 Great piece, awesome horn part!

    I recently played the finale (allegro con brio)of this symphony in my high school wind ensemble. Being a french horn player, I loved this piece! It has very challenging aspects (such as high range sequences and tough syncopation lines)that not only feature, but show off a strong horn...

    section. We played this piece with 5 horns and that seemed to work well. Good luck with this symphony, I'm sure you'll love it too!

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