Berger, Wilhelm


Berger, Wilhelm

Symphony No. 2 B minor for large orchestra op. 80

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Wilhelm Berger – Symphony No. 2, B minor, for large orchestra op. 80

(b. Boston, 9th August 1861 – d. Jena, 16th January 1911)

Allegro molto e con brio p.3
Adagio p.54
Intermezzo p.78
Allegro con fuoco p.107

3 flutes (also piccolo), 2 oboes, 1 English horn, 2 clarinets, 1 bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon
4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba
Timpani, Strings


The composer, pianist and conductor Wilhelm Berger left behind an extensive compositional oeuvre that was almost completely forgotten after his early death in 1911. His complete works consist of 106 opus numbers and include numerous piano pieces, chamber music, songs, choral works and only five symphonic works. Although Berger was extremely successful as a pianist, his oeuvre contains only one work scored for piano and orchestra, a concert piece. His main interest was choral music – with and without accompaniment. This may also be one of the reasons why he is known as a composer to only a few music lovers. The heyday of this genre was in the second half of the 19th century, Johannes Brahms had set the course for it. In addition to the choral works, the clarinet trio and the piano quintet, the two symphonies by Berger deserve special mention.
Berger belonged to the circle of the Berlin Academics, a generation of Brahms followers, which included his teachers Ernst Rudorff and Friedrich Kiel from the Royal Academy of Music in Berlin, as well as Heinrich von Herzogenberg, who also taught there from 1884. They shared a great appreciation of Brahms’ works, combined with an ever-growing lack of understanding of the New German School around Liszt and Wagner. And above all, a lack of understanding of modernism. …


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210 x 297 mm





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