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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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In all his compositions, counterpoint and structural identity are his signature as well as clear, diatonic melodies accompanied by progressions of chords beyond the realm of common-practice era harmonies.

The orchestra calls for 2 flutes one doubling on piccolooboe2 clarinets2 bassoons3 hornstrumpettrombonetimpaniharpand a string section of 4 cellos and 3 double basses.

However, just before midnight on 20 January, King George V died. Volklieder der Deustchen nach Wort und Weise aus dem Hindemithwhose interest in the viola was intense and lifelong, wrote a number of concertante works for the instrument which he often publicly performed himself and which greatly enriched the instrument’s rather slender repertoire.

The heavy combination of the low strings, woodwinds, and brass sections makes the viola hard to be heard throughout the piece.

The viola presents the first thematic material of the exposition, which retains the militaristic character of the introduction. So that I can believe it. IMSLP does not assume any sort of legal responsibility or liability for the scwhanendreher of downloading files that are not in the public domain in your country. The second movement features the tune Nun laube, Lindlein, laube!

And flew away over lake.

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Der Schwanendreher, an amiable and vigorous work, is a product of Hindemith ‘s mature neo-Classical style, marked by clearer tonality and less dense polyphony than that in his music of the previous decade. Slow — Moderately moving, with strength “Nun laube, Lindlein laube”: Konzertmusik for Brass and String Orchestra Symphony: Hindemith premiered this concerto under Willem Mengelberg in Amsterdam on 14 November and introduced it in several European and American cities during the following year.


It is remarkable in how many different ways Hindemith presents the theme. The original context of ‘swan turner’ in medieval times is that of a cook’s assistant who would turn the handle of a spit on which swans were roasting. Paul Hindemith ‘s Der Schwanendreher literally, “The Swan turner” is a concerto for viola and orchestra. In this quartet, Hindemith initiated himself to the position and sound of the viola, the instrument that would make him known as an international soloist later on.

Der Schwanendreher, concerto for viola & small orchestra

In the summer of the two men drafted the plan for a ballet about St. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

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Throughout the rest of the movement, the folk tune will come back in multiple occasions on different instruments, but never sounded by the soloist. The swan turner was the person in charge of turning the swan when it was being shwanendreher on a spit. Naxos Javascript not enabled. Dreht mir den Schwanen! Five of them are part of the concert suite of the same name compiled by Hindemith shortly thereafter.

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A musician comes among merry company and performs the music he has brought with him from afar: 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 hindenith ihr nicht der Schwanendreher’ ‘Are you not the swan turner? This climaxes in a return of the chorale on the brass and a development of the opening duet.


Copyright American Viola Society info avsnationaloffice. By the last variation, the enraged viola makes it hard to remember the happy-go-lucky tune in its original form. Other than the theme itself, what seems to holds the movement together is its light-hearted character. From the initial cells of the root-heart out to the utmost schwanendrehre of the foliage … the Schwanendreher is natural in its liveliness … you can use this new work of Hindemith to measure any modern music whatever.

Revision of finale completed; score and piano reduction Genre Categories Concertos ; For viola, orchestra ; Scores featuring the viola ; Scores featuring the orchestra ; For orchestra with soloists schwanendrehr For viola, piano arr ; Scores featuring the piano ; For 2 players. Among hindemuth best known of these is Der Schwanendreher, a concerto which takes a number of folk songs as its point of departure.

Hindemith — no slouch as a violist — casts the soloist in the role of “an itinerant fiddler who If you’re not happy with this, we won’t set these cookies but some nice features of the site may be unavailable.

For musical ideas, I always think about playing Hindemith the same as I would play Bach. In Der SchwanendreherHindemith eliminates the violin and viola sections of the orchestra, which leaves only cellos and basses to the ensemble.