||Es muss doch Frühling werden
|Year/Date of Composition
||1849 or earlier
||Orchestra (2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, strings)
||RISM 700000360 (autograph dated 1860, gifted to Fétis and housed in Robert Schumann-Haus Zwickau.)
Performed in 1852, January 14, conducted by Franz Liszt, in Weimar. In 1849 in Leipzig according to Geschichte der Gewandhausconcerte zu Leipzig vom 25. November 1781 bis 25. November 1881, page 28.
Chronology of Hiller's symphonies seems to be along the lines of 1831 (symphony 2 in A minor performed December 4, 1831?), 1848 (this work), 1849 (something mentioned by Schumann- maybe already in list - perhaps this work!), 1852 (symphony in G "Im Freien"), , possibly others. (A minor may be a misprint; at least one contemporary reports the same concert as the Hyperion Records notes from which that information does come, but gives no key. Three ca.1830–31 symphonies still exist, in F minor, C major and E minor, scanned by the Goethe-University Frankfurt.)
The title may refer to the political events (so, figurative Spring) of 1848.
Autograph dated as late as 1860 one guesses because it was gifted to Fétis at that point, not because the work was composed that late, though there may be other explanations.