Kammermusik Nr. 5

From Wind Repertory Project
Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith

Subtitle: für Solo-Bratsche und größeres Kammerorchester

This work bears the designation op. 36/4.

General Info

Year: 1927 / 1955
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Schott
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - €33.99


1. Schnelle Halbe (fast half-notes) – 4:21
2. Langsam (slow) – 7:59
3. Mäßig schnell (moderately fast) – 3:22
4. Variante eines Militärmarsches (variant of a military march) – 3:05


Full Score
Solo Viola
Flute (doubling Piccolo)
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
C Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
String Bass (4)
Cello (4)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Kammermusik No. 5, Op. 36, No. 4, was composed in 1925, like a viola concerto for viola and larger chamber orchestra ("für Solo-Bratsche und größeres Kammerorchester (Bratschenkonzert)"). It is structured in four movements.

The work is regarded as one of the most difficult viola concertos. The orchestra is formed by several wind instruments, and only cellos and double basses for strings, probably to grant the viola dominance. The last movement, named "variant of a military march" is based on the Bavarian Defilers' March which the viola "brings out of step".

The concerto is dedicated to Arnold Mendelssohn ("Herrn Professor Arnold Mendelssohn gewidmet"). Mendelssohn, the son of cousin of Felix Mendelssohn, was his teacher at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt. It was premiered at the Kroll Opera House in Berlin on 3 November 1927 by the Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Otto Klemperer, with the composer as the viola soloist.

- Program Note by Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor; Lan Wang, viola) – 13 February 2018
  • Pennsylvania State University (State College) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dennis Glocke, conductor; Timothy Deighton, viola) – 26 February 2013
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 18 April 2007

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