Composed as a “symphonic birthday gift” to his wife Cosima and newborn son, the Siegfried Idyll shows a rarely seen, intimate side of Wagner – a gentle song of contentment and gratitude. Schumann wrote the Second Symphony whilst bouncing between bouts of exuberance and exhaustion. It is a highly integrated work, inspired by the striking opening motto which pervades throughout.

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Works and composers

Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Schumann Symphony No.2

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