Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb: 2

Composition date:




Joseph Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 2 was composed in 1783 (almost twenty years after his First Cello Concert) for Antonín Kraft, a cellist of Prince Nikolaus's Esterházy Orchestra. Today, many specialists think it could have been written for the wedding of the Prince with Maria Liechtenstein in September 1783.

The cellists competing at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition must perform, during the first round of the Competition, one of Haydn's first two cello concerti.


  • Allegro moderato
  • Adagio
  • Rondo (Allegro)

About the composer

Birth date:

March 31, 1732

Death date:

May 31, 1809

Joseph Haydn started out as a child with a miraculous voice. It was said that he nearly suffered the fate of the castrati at his choir school. His gifts and encounter with the great Porpora brought him into the employment of the…

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