Symphony in B-flat (Hindemith)
1. Moderately Fast - c. 6:30
2. Andante Grazioso - c. 5:30
3. Fugue - c. 5:00
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet Solo
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet Solo
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III, including:
- Bass Drum
- Cymbals (crash)
- Snare Drum
None discovered thus far.
The Symphony for Concert Band was composed at the request of Lt. Col. Hugh Curry, leader of the United States Army Band, and was premiered in Washington, D.C., on April 5, 1951, with the composer conducting. The three-movement suite shows Hindemith's great contrapunctal skill, and the organized logic of his thematic material. His melodies develop ever-expanding lines, and his skill in the organization and utilization of complex rhythmic variation adds spice and zest to the strength of his melodies.
The first movement is in sonata allegro form in three sections, with the recapitulation economically utilizing both themes together in strong counterpoint. The second and third movements develop and expand their thematic material in some of the most memorable contrapunctal writing for winds. The second movement opens with an imitative duet between alto saxophone and cornet, accompanied by a repeated chord figure. The duet theme, along with thematic material from the opening movement, provides the basic material for the remainder of the movement. The closing section of the third movement utilizes the combined themes while the woodwinds amplify the incessant chattering of the first movement. The brass and percussion adamantly demand a halt with a powerful final cadence.
The Symphony in B-Flat rivals any orchestra composition in length, breadth, and content, and served to convince other first-rank composers -- including Giannini, Persichetti, Creston, and Hovhaness -- that the band is a legitimate medium for serious music.
- Program note by Hubert Henderson and James Jorgenson
- Florida: --- (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as "significant literature.")
- Grade VI: Any movement
- New York:
- Grade VI: Movement I or Movement III
- South Carolina: "Masterworks"
- Virginia: VI (full performance of all movements counts as two works)
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of Southern California Thornton Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) - 3 November 2013
- San Francisco Wind Ensemble (Martin Seggelke,conductor) - 20 April 2013
- Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds (Stephen Piazza, conductor) - 3 March 2013
- Baldwin-Wallace Symphonic Wind Ensemble (C. Dwight Oltman, conductor) - 28 October 2011
- Florida International University Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, conductor) - 12 October 2010
- High School Symphonic Band [Interlochen, Mich.] (Frederick Fennell, conductor) - 6 August 1978
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Konzertmusik fur Blasorchester, Opus 41
- Konzertmusik für Klavier, Blechbläser und Harfen, Opus 49
- Mathis der Maler (tr. Duker)
- Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber (tr. Wilson)
- Symphony in B-flat
- Blocker, L., Cramer, R., Corporon, E. ,Lautzenheiser, T., Lisk, E., & Miles, R. (1996). Teaching music through performance in band (Volume One). Chicago, IL: Gia Publications.
- Le Page, Brendon. Symphonies for Band, Part 1 Winds Magazine.
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 292.