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Sergio Muñoz Leiva will perform Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra on Friday, 6 February By Marie-Elyse Badeau Though condemned by the Nazi party, or maybe because of that very fact, Paul Hindemith’s music participated greatly. Hindemith’s only formally titled concerto for viola and full (though still small) to the song on which the finale is based, Seid ihr nicht der Schwanendreher?.

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Hindemith’s statement is particularly clear in the second movement: Hindemith intended to evoke the merry spirit of that long-gone age—which, in the increasingly dire political climate of the s, was coming to represent for him a lost era of harmony and humanity.

The viola only gets a fragment of the tune at the very end of the movement, in the coda.

Finally, the first chord is a problem for most of us. Friday Thursday Wednesday Tuesday Monday. In the third movement the vigorous good spirits of the final dance-song provide the starting point for an extended set of cheerful variations, robust and tender, rounding off the work in highly convivial fashion.

In Der SchwanendreherHindemith eliminates the violin and viola sections of the orchestra, which leaves only cellos and basses schwanendrehwr the ensemble. A musician comes among merry company and performs the music he has brought with him from afar: Nevertheless there is a much greater depth of lyrical feeling than in the earlier Kammermusik and Konzertmusik.


That quality is most patent in the beautiful slow movement.

Thoughts on Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher – From the Rice Studio

Seid ihr nicht der Schwanendreher? The viola presents the first thematic material of the exposition, which retains the militaristic character of the introduction. Retrieved from ” https: We also use some non-essential cookies to anonymously track visitors or enhance your experience of the site. Revision of finale completed; score hindeith piano reduction. There runs an open road: Revision of finale completed; score and piano reduction Genre Categories Concertos ; For viola, orchestra ; Scores featuring the schwannedreher ; Scores featuring the orchestra ; For orchestra with soloists ; For viola, piano arr ; Scores featuring the piano ; For 2 players.

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Comments RSS Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site. Starting with an octave in tune as a first note can be dreadful, but as my teachers told me and I write it to remember it myselfyour fingers know where to play, and you should trust them enough to quiet the urge to prepare your octave ages before.

In spite of their many dissonances, his compositions stay tonal and tend to develop more and more little motives.

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Hindemith composed the viola concerto Der Schwanendreher in for his own concert use. Pain, separation and being an outcast are the subjects of the songs used. Der Schwanendreher, Drawing by Hindemith. The Concerto’s title, translated as ‘The Swan turner’, comes from the name of the last and fourth German folk song used namely in the third movemententitled ‘Seid ihr nicht der Schwanendreher’ ‘Are you not the swan turner?


Each movement is based on a separate medieval German folk songthus, it is sometimes referred to as the “Concerto from Old Folk Songs”.

Der Schwanendreher (Hindemith, Paul)

The concerto was finished on 13 October in Berlin. If the rhythm is played exactly, one will notice how the energy is still driving and how the different articulations written are contrasting with each other. The British premiere was scheduled for 22 Januarywith the composer as soloist in London.

The Flight Across the Ocean. It represents the industrial era in which Hindemith lived and is xchwanendreher called Motorikin reference to the sound of the new motors invading the new century.

The second movement features the tune Nun laube, Lindlein, laube! This virtuoso work is a successor to the great solo concertos of the romantic period, anticipating the representative works that Hindemith was to write for American orchestras during the s. The ballet music for Massine bearing the title Nobilissima Visione is made up of eleven parts altogether.


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