Symphony No.2, Op.57 (Godard, Benjamin)



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Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, n.d.(ca.1880)
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Publisher. Info. Paris: Choudens, n.d.[1889]. Plate A. C. 7589.
Misc. Notes From BNF: "Daté d'après le catalogue autogr. des oeuvres de B. G."
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Work Title Symphony No.2
Alternative. Title
Composer Godard, Benjamin
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.57
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IBG 113
Key B-flat major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements:
I. Allegro vivace
II. Lento ma non troppo (G minor)
III. Vivace (C minor)
IV. Allegro con moto
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1879
First Performance. 1880-12, under Colonne
First Publication. 1889? - Paris: Choudens
Average DurationAvg. Duration 30 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Orchestra: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 4 bassoons
4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, strings

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  • 2-piano reduction noted in the 1889 Bulletin mensuel des récentes publications françaises of the Bibliothèque Française (page 18).
  • Choudens's plate number means most likely 1886. Don't know if we should retain the Godard's catalogue year instead of this.
  • Note: Symphony No.1 was not published, nor did Godard himelf call this symphony No.2 (instead he used to refer to it as being Première, but never wrote a Deuxième). There was also another unpublished early symphony, which seems to be lost (hence it has no No.).