Mendelssohn's second symphony was a commissioned work. The city of Leipzig wanted to celebrate the invention of the printing press by Johann Gutenberg 400 years ago. The memorable motif "All that has breath, praise the Lord!" and the use of the hymn "Nun danket alle Gott" (Now give thanks to God) set the theme, which also applies to the anniversary of the Reinickendorf church district: praise and thanksgiving for God's faithful help through the ages. Mendelssohn's captivatingly romantic musical language gives vivid expression to this.