The Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73 was composed by Johannes Brahms in the summer of 1877 during a visit to the Austrian Alps. Its gestation was brief in comparison with the fifteen years which Brahms took to complete his First Symphony. The symphony is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, and strings (violins I and II, viola, cello, and double bass).
The Symphony No. 2 (subtitled "True and Eternal Bliss") by Galina Ustvolskaya was published in 1979. It is scored for: groups of six flutes, oboes and trumpets; single trombone, tuba and piano; percussion and solo voice, which repeats three times the words Gospodin, vechnost, istina (Lord, eternity, truth) between homophonic instrumental passages. The work lasts approximately 18 minutes.