Performances by Gustav Mahler
- 1895 Concert Berlin 04-03-1895 - Symphony No. 2 - movement 1, 2 and 3 (Premiere)
- 1895 Concert Berlin 13-12-1895 - Symphony No. 2 (Premiere)
- 1896 Concert Leipzig 14-12-1896 - Symphony No. 2 - movement 1 and 2
- 1899 Concert Liege 22-01-1899 - Symphony No. 2
- 1899 Concert Vienna 09-04-1899 - Symphony No. 2
- 1900 Concert Munich 20-10-1900 - Symphony No. 2
- 1903 Concert Basel 15-06-1903 - Symphony No. 2
- 1904 Concert Amsterdam 26-10-1904 - Symphony No. 2
- 1904 Concert Amsterdam 27-10-1904 - Symphony No. 2
- 1907 Concert Vienna 24-11-1907 - Symphony No. 2
- 1908 Concert New York 08-12-1908 - Symphony No. 2
- 1910 Concert Paris 17-04-1910 - Symphony No. 2
Versions and publications
- 00-01-1888 Work on the first movement
- 00-04-1888 Themes for the second movement sketched
- 08-09-1888 Orchestral draft of first movement completed
- 01-09-1888 Autograph full score of first movement completed
- 01-10-1889 Press reports announcing the forthcoming première of the First Symphony refer to another such work, Movement 1: Allegro maestoso: Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck, which will be performed in Munich during the winter season
- 00-00-1891 Mahler plays the first movement to Hans von Bulow (1830-1894)
- 08-07-1893 Autograph piano and voice version of Lied 6: Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt completed
- 16-07-1893 Orchestral draft of the third movement completed
- 19-07-1893 Autograph full score of Movement 4: "Urlicht". Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht completed
- 30-07-1893 OrchestralFfifth draft of the second movement completed
- 01-08-1893 Autograph orchestral version of Lied 6: Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt completed
- 12-02-1894 Death of Hans von Bulow (1830-1894) in Cairo
- 29-03-1894 Funeral service in Hamburg for Hans von Bulow (1830-1894): Mahler hears Friedrich Klopstock (1724-1803)s Die Auferstehen (Movement 5: "Aufersteh'n". Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend)
- 29-04-1894 New autograph full score of the first movement completed
- 29-06-1894 A short score (lost) of the finale probably completed by this date
- 27-07-1894 A (lost) orchestral draft of the finale completed by this date
- 18-12-1894 Autograph full score of the Second Symphony completed
18-12-1894. Manuscript Symphony No. 2 sign off.
- 00-12-1894 Copyist's full score of the first three movements (1, 3, 2) prepared
- 04-01-1895 Manuscript parts for the first three movements completed by this date
- 12-01-1895 Mahler holds a run-through of the first three movements in Hamburg
- 04-03-1895 First performance of the first three movements (1, 2, 3) in Berlin, conducted by Mahler. 1895 Concert Berlin 04-03-1895 - Symphony No. 2 - movement 1, 2 and 3 (Premiere)
- 00-10-1895 Copyist's full score of the complete (?) Symphony prepared
- 17-10-1895 First batch of chorus parts for the Symphony were ready by this date
- 13-12-1895 First complete performance of the Symphony, conducted by Mahler in Berlin. 1895 Concert Berlin 13-12-1895 - Symphony No. 2 (Premiere).
- 14-12-1895 Performance 1896 Concert Leipzig 14-12-1896 - Symphony No. 2 - movement 1 and 2
- 00-12-1895 First edition of the vocal score of Lied 11: Urlicht published
- 00-01-1896 Hermann Behn (1857-1927)'s two-piano arrangement of the Symphony published
- 00-02-1897 First edition of the full score published by Hofmeister music publishers.
- 00-03-1897 The rights transferred from Hofmeister music publishers to Weinberger music publishers.
- 00-00-1899 Second issue (Titelauflage) of the full score and the scecond edition of the vocal score of Urlicht published
- 00-00-1899 First edition of the orchestral and vocal parts prepared
- 00-01-1899 First edition of the piano duet arrangement published
- 20-12-1901 Gustav Mahler participates in a performance of Symphony No. 2 by Ernst von Schuch (1846-1914) in Dresden.
- 00-00-1903 Second edition of the orchestral and chorus parts published
- 15-06-1903 Performance at the Tonkünstlerfest des Allgemeinen Deutschen Musikvereins in Basel, conducted by Mahler. 1903 Concert Basel 15-06-1903 - Symphony No. 2.
- 18-12-1903 Performance by Oskar Nedbal (1874-1930) in Rudolfinum, Prague.
- 00-04-1906 April First edition of the study score published
- 08-12-1908 Performance at New York, conducted by Mahler. 1908 Concert New York 08-12-1908 - Symphony No. 2.
- 17-04-1910 The last performance of the work conducted by Mahler, in Paris. 1910 Concert Paris 17-04-1910 - Symphony No. 2
- 00-00-1910 Second edition by Universal Edition (UE) music publishers.
- 00-03-1911 Third edition of Urlicht published
- 00-10-1911 Second edition of the piano duet arrangement published
- 00-03-1913 Second edition of the full score published
- 00-04-1914 Only edition of the arrangement for 2 pianos, 8 hands published
- 00-12-1914 Second edition of the two-piano arrangement published
- 00-12-1914 Fourth edition of Urlicht published
- 00-00-1952 Third edition by Universal Edition (UE) music publishers.
- 00-00-1970 Fourth critical edition by Universal Edition (UE) music publishers.
- 00-00-1986 The Kaplan Foundation published an extensive facsimile edition with additional materials.
- 00-00-1989 Publication of an arrangement by Bruno Walter for piano four-hands.
- 00-00-2005 Fifth critical edition by Universal Edition (UE) music publishers and Gilbert Kaplan (1941-2016). As part of the new complete critical edition of Mahler's symphonies being undertaken by the Gustav Mahler Society, a new critical edition was produced as a joint venture between Universal Edition (UE) music publishers and Gilbert Kaplan (1941-2016) Foundation. Its world premiere performance was given on 18-10-2005 at the Royal Albert Hall in London with Gilbert Kaplan conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
- 00-00-0000 Reproductions of earlier editions have been released by Dover and by Boosey & Hawkes
- Movement 1: Allegro maestoso: Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck 23.00
- Movement 2: Andante moderato. Sehr gemächlich 11.00
- Movement 3: In ruhig fliessender Bewegung 11.00
- Movement 4: "Urlicht". Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht 6.00
- Movement 5: "Aufersteh'n". Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend 35.00
- Total duration: 1.26.00
The symphony is written for an orchestra, a mixed choir, two soloists (soprano and contralto), organ, and an offstage ensemble of brass and percussion. The use of two tam-tams, one pitched high and one low, is particularly unusual; the end of the last movement features them struck in alternation repeatedly.
- Bassoons (3rd and 4th bassoon doubling contrabassoon) (4)
- Clarinets in B-flat, A, C (3rd clarinet doubling bass clarinet) (3)
- Clarinets in E-flat (2nd E-flat clarinet doubling 4th clarinet in B-flat and A) (2)
- Flute (all four doubling piccolos) (4)
- Oboe (3rd and 4th oboe doubling English horns) (4)
- Horns in F, four (7-10) also used offstage (preferably more) (10)
- Trombones (4)
- Trumpets in F and C, four to six used offstage (8-10)
- Bass drum
- Bells, deep tuned (3)
- Offstage percussion in Movement 5: Bass drum with cymbals attached, Triangle, Timpano
- Rute, to be played on the shell of the bass drum
- Snare drum
- Tam-tam (high and low) (2)
- Timpani (2 players and 8 timpani, with a third player in the last movement using two of the second timpanist's drums)
- Organ (used in fifth movement only)
- Alto solo (sometimes by a mezzo-soprano) (used in fourth & fifth movements)
- Soprano solo (used in fifth movement)
- Mixed chorus (used in fifth movement)
"The largest possible contingent"
- Double bass (some with low C extension)
- Harp (several to each part in the last movement and possibly at one point in the Scherzo) (2)
- Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Kožená, Sir Simon Rattle, 03-2011.