Symphony in E-flat (arr Rogers)

From Wind Repertory Project
Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith (arr. R. Mark Rogers)

General Info

Year: 1940 / 2011
Duration: 5:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Sehr lebhaft (very lively)


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Hindemith’s Symphonie in Es (Symphony in E flat major) composed in 1940 has a four-movement design situating it in the tradition of Beethoven’s symphonies and the romantic period. On this point the composer had written as early as 1917, “I want to write music and no song forms and sonata forms!!"

Although in the first movement he creates the impression of the classical sonata form with an exposition, a development section, a recapitulation, and a coda with his clearly recognizable four-part structure, he nevertheless refrains from the thematic work with two opposing themes regarded as the hallmark of the classical sonata form. A motto of fanfare character, presented by the brass instruments in unison and then assumed by all the instruments, opens the movement and determines the thematic work in all the following sections.

After the premiere of the symphony Dimitri Mitropoulos wrote to the composer, “The performance of your symphony was for me one of the highest artistic moments of my career. God bless you, dear artist, and give us more of your creations.” During his exile Hindemith had given up his career as a viola virtuoso. When he resumed his concert activity as a conductor after World War II, he performed the Symphonie in Es on six occasions.

- Program Note by Luitgard Schader for liner notes for ONDINE CD Hindemith: Symphonie "Mathis de Maler"


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


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